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Chronic diseases pose special problems for the health care system. People with chronic diseases use health services and medicines over extended periods of time. They often develop complex and multiple conditions.
A ‘chronic medical condition’ is one that has been or is likely to be present for at least six months, including but not limited to asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, musculoskeletal conditions and mental illness.
Chronic diseases are the most common and leading cause of premature mortality.
Whether a patient is eligible for chronic disease management services is a clinical judgment for the GP, taking into account the patient’s medical condition and care needs, as well as the general guidance set out in the MBS.
Patients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs and can be managed by their GP under a GP Management Plan (Item 721) and Team Care Arrangements (Item 723) are eligible for Medicare rebates for certain allied health services on referral from their GP.
Diabetes information here
Self Management information here
Wound Care information here
Please contact Lauren Davidson for more information [email protected] or call 8731 6518