Thursday, February 11, 2010

Addiction Medicine a medical specialty

Well it has finally happened... in December 2009, the health minister has recognised Addiction Medicine as a medical specialty. What will this mean to those of us practising in the field? Time alone will tell, but I certainly hope that it will help to attract and retain doctors in work within drug & alcohol treatment services.

The next step in the process will be discussions on Medicare rebates. The challenge will be for the disparate collection of doctors that make up Addiction Medicine to come to some sort of agreement about what the models of billing "should" be...

Watch this space...

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