Journal article

Australia's Better Access initiative: an evaluation

Jane Pirkis, Maria Ftanou, Michelle Williamson, Anna Machlin, Matthew J Spittal, Bridget Bassilios, Meredith Harris

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Australia's Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative involves a series of Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers which offer a rebate for selected services delivered by eligible clinicians. There has been considerable debate about the appropriateness and effectiveness of Better Access, much of which has been based on limited evidence. The current paper contributes to this debate by presenting the findings of a study which profiled the clinical and treatment characteristics of Better Access patients and examined the outcomes of their care. METHOD: We approached a stratified rand..

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