RACGP raises alarm on 'risky' MBS plan to cut inappropriate pathology testing

Taskforce recommendation for GP 'decision support tool' and inflexible diabetes descriptors is concerning, says Harry Nespolon

An MBS Review plan to stamp out unnecessary pathology requests by tightening Medicare items and imposing strict time limits on testing carries “significant risks”, the RACGP warns.

Harry Nespolon

RACGP president Dr Harry Nespolon has written to the MBS Review Taskforce to urge caution on a proposed revamp of pathology items, which is aimed at reducing so-called low-value testing ordered by GPs.

The recommendations from the review’s diagnostic medicine and pathology clinical committees have not yet been publicly released, but they have been