Reforms to the MSAC Process

18 October 2016

The Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) is an independent non-statutory committee established by the Australian Government Minister for Health, which appraises new medical services proposed for public funding and provides advice to Government on whether a new medical service should be publicly funded on an assessment of its comparative safety, clinical effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and total cost, using the best available evidence.

The recent MSAC Reform addressed issues raised by stakeholders around the timeliness of the process, perceived inflexibility and perceived lack of transparency. Following the reform, further changes were made to the MSAC process. In summary, the changes enhance consultation by targeting stakeholders, recognised by the applicant and department, who have an understanding and experience with the proposed service. There is an increase on the focus of quality evidence, with the applicant recognising the relevant evidence that exists for the proposed service.  

The Department is keen to ensure that these latest amendments to MSAC are clearly understood and deliver the intended transparency and streamlining of administration for proponents of new services for public funded. Further information on the changes made to the MSAC process, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, are available on the MSAC website.



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