A prosthesis is a surgically implanted device that replaces a damaged body part. Prostheses include complex and sophisticated devices such as hip and knee replacements, cardiac stents, pacemakers, as well as more common items such as intraocular lenses.
Under the Private Health Insurance Act 2007, private health insurance funds are required to pay benefits for a range of prostheses that are provided as part of an episode of hospital treatment or hospital substitute treatment for which a patient has cover and for which a Medicare benefit is payable for the associated professional service.
The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing produces the Prostheses List which contains the prostheses and human tissue products that attract health funds benefits and the amount of benefits to be paid.
The Prostheses List is approved by the Minister for Health and Ageing or her delegate by means of a parliamentary disallowable instrument. Once listed, surgeons and their patients can access over 9,000 prostheses the majority of which are available without a gap or patient co-payment.
Medical Technology Association of Australia | National Association | Medical Technology Industry
The Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) is the national association representing companies in the medical technology industry. MTAA aims to ensure the benefits of modern, innovative and reliable medical technology are delivered effectively to provide better health outcomes to the Australian community.
MTAA represents manufacturers and suppliers of medical technology used in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and management of disease and disability. The range of medical technology is diverse with products ranging from familiar items such as syringes and wound dressings, through to high-technology implanted devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, hip and other orthopaedic implants. Products also include hospital and diagnostic imaging equipment such as ultrasounds and magnetic resonance imaging machines.
MTAA members distribute the majority of the non-pharmaceutical products used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and disability in Australia. Our member companies also play a vital role in providing healthcare professionals with essential education and training to ensure safe and effective use of medical technology.