HbA1c test listed as diagnosis of type 2

GPs have been given the green light to diagnose diabetes in high-risk patients based on raised HbA1c alone with the launch of a new MBS item for the test.

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

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