Pathology requesting resources and guidance

This page contains guides, position statements, fact sheets and journal articles related to GPs and pathology requesting.

Responding to patient requests

The RACGP has published a position statement and downloadable fact sheets for patients and GPs on responding to patient requests for tests not considered clinically appropriate.

Medicare information

Medicare benefits are claimable only for 'clinically relevant' services.

GP pathology requests may be subject to episode coning. This arrangement effectively places an upper limit on the number of items for which Medicare benefits are payable in a patient episode.

For more information on the usage and costs of specific items, see:

Test-specific resources and information

These sites have helpful explanations of specific tests:

In addition, the RACGP has published a resource in the Red Book: Screening tests of unproven benefit.

You can also search our table for links to resources on individual tests.

Using the table

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Condition-specific resources and information



Research papers

These papers by Australian authors discuss quality use of pathology testing:

Contacts related to GP pathology requesting

We have advised the following organisations of the project to support improved pathology requesting practices:

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