What appropriate treatment means for health professionals and conditions for GST-free treatment.
A health professional is supplying appropriate treatment when they use their professional skills to:
- assess a patient's health
- work out a course of action to preserve, restore or improve the patient's physical or psychological wellbeing, as far as the practitioner's training allows
- supply a treatment that is generally accepted by their profession as being appropriate for the patient.
Appropriate treatment includes preventative medicine and routine check-ups. For example, procedures such as pap smears, breast cancer screening and vaccinations are GST-free as they are appropriate for the people involved.