MBS lists HbA1c test for diagnosis of diabetes

GPs will now be able to diagnose diabetes in high-risk patients based on raised HbA1c only, with the launch of a new MBS item for the test.

The availability of the new MBS item 66841, which came into effect on 1 November, will greatly simplify the diagnostic process for both doctor and patient, clinicians say.

Previously, HbA1c testing was only subsidised for monitoring glycaemic control in patients with