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SR 1998 No. 266 Regulations as made
These Regulations amend the Health Insurance (1997-98 General Medical Services Table) Regulations.
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR10-Nov-1998
Tabled Senate10-Nov-1998
Gazetted 26 Aug 1998
Date of repeal 01 Nov 1998
Repealed by Health Insurance (1998-99 General Medical Services Table) Regulations 1998

Health Insurance (1997-1998 General Medical Services Table) Amendment Regulations 1998 (No. 2) 1998 No. 266

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

STATUTORY RULES 1998 NO. 266

Issued by the authority of the Minister for Health and Family Services

Health Insurance Act 1973

Health Insurance (1997-1998 General Medical Services Table) Amendment Regulations 1998 (No. 2)

The Health Insurance Act 1973 ("the Act") provides for payments by way of Medicare benefits and for certain services provided by anaesthetists

Section 133 of the Act provides that the Governor-General may make regulations for the purposes of the Act.

Section 4 of the Act provides that the regulations may prescribe a table of medical services (the table). The Health Insurance (1997 - 1998 General Medical Services Table) Regulations prescribe such a table.

Section 9 of the Act provides that Medicare benefits shall be calculated by reference to the fees for medical services set out in the table.

The Regulations amend the current table of general medical services by deleting rule of interpretation number 15, and by amending the description of item 18013 concerning anaesthetic services in connection with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services.

The amendments to the table result from the introduction of items for MRI into the Diagnostic Imaging Services Table, and the consequent need to expand access to MRI-related anaesthesia services from previously restricted services provided via a Health Program Grant.

Details of the Regulations are set out in the Attachment.

The Regulations came into effect on 1 September 1998.

ATTACHMENT

Details of the Regulations are as follows:

Regulation 1 provides for the Regulations to commence on 1 September 1998.

Regulation 2 provides that the General Medical Services Table is amended as set out in the Regulations.

Subregulation 3.1 omits rule of interpretation number 15 to enable the provision of anaesthetic services in conjunction with MRI services.

Subregulation 3.2 amends the description of Item number 18013 to enable the provision of anaesthetic services in conjunction with MRI services listed in the Diagnostic Imaging Services Table.