Medicare to ban GP “stroke check” carotid duplex scans

The MBS item for carotid duplex ultrasound is to be restricted to curb overservicing by commercial operators who employ GPs to conduct ‘stroke check’ screening of asymptomatic people. The vascular clinical committee of the MBS Review Taskforce has recommended that only specialists be allowed to refer asymptomatic patients for duplex examination of the carotid arteries (MBS ...

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