What is the MBS?

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) is a listing of the Medicare services subsidised by the Australian government. The Schedule is part of the wider Medicare Benefits Scheme managed by the Department of Health and Ageing and administered by Medicare Australia.

When you're hospitalised for an inpatient procedures, Medicare covers 75% of the MBS and health.com.au covers 25% of this price. It's important that you don't confuse the scheduled fee with the fee set by your doctor. As your doctor may be charging more than the scheduled fee.

If you have been given an MBS item number, first thing to do is check your cover to ensure this type of procedure is included on your specific level of cover.