Subsidies kick in for liquid-based cytology

Liquid-based cytology has been added to the MBS in response to the delays in rolling out the new HPV-based national cervical screening program.

Under interim arrangements that apply until the rollout of the new program in December, a Medicare rebate of $36 was made available for liquid-based cytology tests, such as ThinPrep and SurePath, from May 1. That's in addition to the rebate for the conventional cytology test.

However, the rebate is only payable for

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