No rebates for unscientific blood tests?

Friends of Science in Medicine this week published an advisory paper for the federal government and the Therapeutic Goods Administration, saying “pseudo-pathology tests rely on the scientific and medical ignorance of the consumer”.

It accused practitioners offering these tests of using pseudo-scientific jargon and unexplained acronyms to prey on the natural desire of people to manage their health. 

Such practitioners should not be endorsed or ratified by the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia or the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), no rebate should be available from government or private health insurance authorities, and no rebate should be given for taking blood for the tests, it said. 

Friends of Science said pathology tests attracting a Medicare rebate should only be ordered by a qualified and registered health practitioner if clinically indicated. 

Healthcare practitioners who