Crackdown to target GP ordering of thyroid tests

Two-thirds of tests are being ordered by just 20% of doctors.

A crackdown on thyroid function testing will target a small number of GPs who order large numbers of TSH tests for asymptomatic patients.


The MBS Review Taskforce has been advised to add more restrictive descriptors on the MBS items for TSH tests, after it was revealed that two-thirds of tests were being ordered by just 20% of doctors.

A pathology clinical committee advising the taskforce drew special attention to a group of 310 GPs who were ordering between 40 and 173 TSH tests per 100 patients, compared with a median of 7.3 tests per 100.

The taskforce was told that almost