Diabetes tests ordered by GPs down 75% in pathology crash

Even among a wide-scale slump, the key blood tests have been hit especially hard, new data suggests

The number of HbA1c tests ordered by GPs has dropped by more than 75%, highlighting current concerns that patients with chronic disease are not presenting for medical care during the COVID-19 shutdown.


In general pathology testing has fallen dramatically since the beginning of the outbreak, with estimates putting the drop-off at around 40%.

But new data extracted from practice software at 1000 GP clinics in Victorian and NSW suggest the HbA1c tests have been hit even harder.

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