Blood Drainage - Reinfusion

The TAC Medical Excess may apply to these services 




The TAC will not make separate payment for the hire, purchase or use of the equipment used for blood drainage/reinfusion.

Transport Accident Act 1986 reference: s.60


Blood drainage/reinfusion involves collecting, processing and reinfusing the patient's own blood during an operation. This procedure may involve heart-lung bypass or cell saver equipment. The procedures may be described in various ways:

  • perioperative blood retrieval processing and autotransfusion
  • intraoperative blood salvage
  • autologous blood transfusion (may be conducted in the ward area but for no additional fee)
  • perfusion.


What will the TAC pay to the Medical Practitioner for operation of the equipment?

A medical practitioner who operates the perfusion equipment is paid under the TAC Schedule of Medical Practitioners' Rates.

Can the TAC fund blood drainage - reinfusion services performed by a member of a client's immediate family?

Refer to the Funding Treatment by a Member of a Client's Immediate Family policy.

What will the TAC not fund in relation to blood drainage - reinfusion?

The TAC will not fund:

  • treatment or services for a person other than the injured client
  • costs associated with blood drainage - reinfusion equipment as the TAC's theatre fees is inclusive of all equipment
  • a fee for personal blood storage or blood products obtained from the Blood Bank
  • treatment or services where there is no proper clinical justification for this service
  • treatment or services for a condition that existed before a transport accident or that is not a direct result of a transport accident
  • fees associated with non-attendance
  • the cost of telephone calls and telephone consultations between providers and clients, and between other providers, including hospitals
  • treatment or services subcontracted to a non-registered provider
  • treatment or services provided outside the Commonwealth of Australia
  • treatment or services provided more than 2 years prior to the request for funding except where the request for payment is made within 3 years of the transport accident. Refer to the Time Limit to Apply for the Payment of Medical and Like Expenses policy.

Medical Services Reimbursement Rates

The TAC has adopted the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items, explanations, definitions, rules and conditions for services provided by medical practitioners.  When invoicing for medical services, medical practitioners are expected to adhere to the MBS rules unless otherwise specified by the TAC in the Reimbursement Rates for Medical Services booklet or its medical policies.

The Reimbursement Rates for Medical Services booklet below must be read in conjunction with:

Current Rates

Previous Rates

At the time of production this publication contained up to date information as released by Medicare Australia (Medicare).  The relevant publication will be updated to reflect any further changes that are implemented by Medicare each year.  Please check our website for the latest version.

If you have any questions about these publications or the reimbursement rates, please contact the TAC on 1300 654 329. Alternatively, e-mail