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Medicare testing criteria & limitations

Most pathology tests automatically qualify for a Medicare rebate; however, for some tests, Medicare requires that the patient satisfy certain clinical criteria before the rebate applies, or limits the frequency of testing, or both. Some tests do not qualify for a rebate under any circumstances.

For a list of all tests with up-to-date criteria, please visit

Medicare Criteria

Medicare criteria for rebates & guidelines for repeat testing

Please note that this list is not comprehensive and the criteria may change at anytime.

A large number of specialised tests in the general areas of metabolic and molecular genetic testing, occupational health and environmental and nutritional testing are not included.


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