From 1 November 2023, thirteen new higher bulk billing incentive items have been introduced for Commonwealth concession card holders and patients aged under 16 years of age. The new items are 75870, 75871, 75872, 75873, 75874, 75875 and 75876 (new general support service bulk billing items) and 75880, 75881, 75882, 75883, 75884 and 75885 (for patients enrolled in MyMedicare).
These new items will support younger Australians and concessional patients to access general practice services, targeting investment in primary care to those who most need it.
Further information and resources on changes to bulk billing incentives are available at MBS Online:
From 1 November 2023 there have been other changes to the MBS with significance for general practice. Information on these changes, including factsheets and guides can be found on MBS Online and in the following links.
With the introduction of MyMedicare there are changes to some existing telephone item numbers and the introduction of two new items.
Medicare is Australia’s universal health care system that provides subsidised health care services to the Australia population. It was established in 1984 under the Health Insurance Act 1973 and is a universal system with the goal of providing Australians with affordable, accessible, and high-quality health care.
For further information on Medicare, please refer to Services Australia.
To submit a claim, you can use:
For eLearning and Infographics, please visit the Services Australia Health Professionals Online Services (HPOS).
There are some item numbers that have restrictions on claiming due to timeframes or numbers of claims. To ensure a patient is eligible to claim for an item number with such restrictions you can check a patients MBS claiming history for eligibility includes: