Call for co-pays, cooling-off periods to curb PSA testing

Drastic measures such as co-payments and cooling-off periods for PSA tests have been suggested to curb Australia’s high rates of inappropriate prostate cancer screening.

The call comes in a review that found GPs in Australia were four times more likely to order PSA tests than their UK counterparts despite both countries having similar prostate cancer mortality rates

At least 20% of Australian men aged 45-74 have PSA testing annually, compared with only about 5% of men in the UK, according to a joint UK-Australian review of GPs' PSA testing practices. 

The big discrepancy in