Removal of the Healthy Kids Check from the Medicare Benefits Schedule
From 1 November 2015, the Healthy Kids Checks ceased to be an eligible MBS health assessment service.
Healthy Kids Checks provided on a GP’s behalf by a practice nurse or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner under MBS item 10986 also ceased and MBS item 10986 has been removed from the Schedule.
GPs may continue to provide health assessment services to children of all ages using existing MBS time-tiered general attendance items.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continue to have access to health assessment services under item MBS 715.
Children may still receive health assessments in state and territory - funded Infant Health Clinics.
Healthy Start for School Program
Parents will still be able to meet the health assessment service requirement for the Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement under the Healthy Start for School Program, by having a health assessment:
- at a state/territory funded Infant Health clinic; or
- provided by a GP using a general attendance item; or
- for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child health check under MBS item 715.
A medical practitioner can utilise an MBS health assessment item to undertake a more comprehensive assessment of a patient with complex care needs. Health assessments also permit the needs of specific groups (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, refugees and aged care residents) to be addressed in a targeted and culturally appropriate manner.
The following resource kits contain information for medical practitioners, practice nurses and registered Aboriginal health workers concerning the MBS health assessment items.