11 Apr 2019
The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) has developed additional guidance to make the Board's expectations about financing schemes for doctors who provide cosmetic and surgical procedures clearer.
The Board has developed additional guidance to answer doctors’ questions about the Board’s expectations, given the increasing range of finance options available to consumers. It clarifies the 2016 Guidelines for registered medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures, which aim to improve safeguards for consumers.
The additional guidance doesn’t restrict patient access to finance or restrict medical practitioners from providing information to their patients about payment options. Under the guidelines, medical practitioners can provide information on their website about funding options and accepted payment methods, but should not promote one form of payment over another or use payment options to encourage patients to access cosmetic procedures.