• 1.a.1. What is the GST position of the provision of medico-legal reports or opinions (including witness evidence) for use in litigation or otherwise? Does the GST position vary if the provision of the medico-legal report or opinion is provided directly to a patient for use by a patient; or if provided to a third party for their use in legal proceedings?

    For source of ATO view, refer to:

    A service for which a Medicare benefit is payable, is GST-free under the first limb.

    However a service for which a Medicare benefit is not payable, must be addressed under the second limb of the definition of ‘medical service’. It is the ATO view that the provision of a medico-legal report or assistance as an expert medical witness in litigation will not be GST-free under the second limb of the definition of ‘medical service’. They are not GST-free as neither involves ‘appropriate treatment of the *recipient of the supply’. This position does not change if the particular report is provided to the patient or directly or indirectly to a third party.

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