ASPS welcomes Budget announcement: new MBS item number for abdominoplasty

Sydney.  March 31, 2022: This week’s announcement in the Federal Government’s 2022 Budget Papers that an allocation has been made for a new MBS item number for abdominoplasty (surgical repair of rectus diastasis for separation of the large abdominal muscles following pregnancy), has been met with full support and approval of Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  The changes are scheduled for 1 July 2022.

The announcement comes after a prolonged period of submissions to Government by the ASPS and the MSAC (Medical Services Advisory Committee) recommending that a new MBS item number be created and reinstated. 

Dr Dan Kennedy, President, ASPS said his members are delighted with the Government’s announcement and it is wonderful news for all Australian women who have suffered with symptoms such as chronic back pain following pregnancy, resulting in a severely compromised quality of life.

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