Diabetes society offers clarity on HbA1c tests

More clarity is needed on the rebate rules for the use of the HbA1c test for diagnosis in primary care, says the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS).

It has developed a guide to raise awareness of the availability of the test and to explain some of the potentially confusing aspects of the “incredibly succinct” MBS entry, says Associate Professor Michael d’Emden, chair of the society’s HbA1c committee.

He says HbA1c is a “far more practical test” than an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), which depends on good