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GP poll: Iron infusions in general practice


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11/12/2019 12:34:04 PM

Would appropriate remuneration encourage you to offer this service more often?

Receiving infusion
Many practices charge a consultation fee for an iron infusion attendance, as well as an additional fee to cover the cost of consumables.

Since the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listing of ferrous carboxymaltose (sold as Ferinject) in August 2014, more GPs and/or practice nurses have been performing iron infusions quickly and safely in the general practice setting.

Many practices charge a consultation fee for an attendance, as well as an additional fee to cover the cost of consumables.

There is no Medicare rebate for providing iron infusions in the general practice setting, and the RACGP wants to better understand the potential clinical impact this might have.

‘If there were a Medicare rebate for iron infusions in the general practice setting, would you offer this service to your patients?’ The poll is closed.
Yes – I would offer this service
 
No – I would not offer this service
 
I already offer this service
 

Other or comments – email healthreform@racgp.org.au

Voting closes at 5.00 pm Monday 23 December.

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Dr Andrew Robert Jackson   13/12/2019 8:33:49 AM

I spoke with the federal health minister Mr. Greg Hunt last month about this issue, and gave him a briefing sheet. He seemed genuinely interested in this issue and gave a clear indication he would follow this up. "The medicine is supported on the PBS but not the means of delivery in general practice".