Australian Government - Department of Health

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

1267 - HBA1c Test for the Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus

Application Number

Application NameHbA1c test for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus
Description of Medical ServiceThe proposal relates to a new item on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). HbA1c testing for management of established diabetes is currently reimbursed through the MBS (MBS items 66551 and 66554). This proposal relates to using the same test as a diagnostic tool for diabetes mellitus, in patients with previously undiagnosed diabetes.
Description of Medical ConditionThe disease relevant to the proposed medical service is diabetes mellitus, PDF Version Assessment Report (PDF 5243 KB)essentially Type II diabetes. Diabetes is a common chronic disease in Australia and contributes to mortality and morbidity. Diabetes may affect up to 8% of people between the ages of 25-75 years of age. Early diagnosis is important as effective therapy can reduce the complications associated with this disorder. These complications include eye disease leading to blindness, kidney disease which may require dialysis, ulceration and gangrene of the lower limbs that may require an amputation and an increase rate of myocardial infarction and stroke.
Consultation3 October – 9 November 2012
PDF Version Consultation Protocol (PDF 513 KB)
Word Version Consultation Protocol (Word 2775 KB)
Protocols13-14 December 2012
PDF Version Final Protocol (PDF 833 KB)
Word Version Final Protocol (Word 17958 KB)
ReportsPDF Version Contracted Assessment Report (PDF 4204 KB)
Word Version Contracted Assessment Report (Word 5148 KB)
MSAC OutcomesPDF Version Public Summary Document (PDF 66 KB)
Word Version Public Summary Document (Word 82 KB)

Meetings for this Application:

Meeting Type:Date:
PASC16-17 August 2012, 13-14 December 2012
ESC 12-13 June 2014
MSAC 3 - 4 April 2014

Page currency, Latest update: 16 April, 2015