The High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA) is delighted to see that the Morrison Government has allocated $40.5 million in the 2021-2022 Federal Budget for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring – a service for diagnosing high blood pressure that is more accurate through blood pressure monitoring over 24 hours. We were extremely pleased that the Medical Services Advisory Committee has recommended Medicare reimbursement for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and grateful to the Commonwealth Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, who has endorsed this application. This new Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) item is scheduled to commence on 1 November 2021.

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