12.0 Funding of HBV Testing

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Funding for HBV testing is provided directly from the Commonwealth on a fee-for-service basis through the Medicare funding arrangements and also through state and territory funding arrangements.

12.1 Funding arrangements for hepatitis B diagnostic and monitoring tests

More detailed information on Medicare benefits for hepatitis B tests can be found on MBS Online (see the most recent schedule Category 6– Pathology items and descriptions). 

A Medicare benefit for pathology testing for hepatitis B—and hepatitis D if conducted (see section 2.1)—will be payable where the service was determined to be necessary by the patient's medical practitioner, was provided by an accredited pathology laboratory, and the patient meets the requirements for the relevant MBS item. Benefits would be payable for the attendance and tests which are considered reasonably necessary according to a patient’s individual circumstances.

12.2 Schedule interpretation

The Australian Government Department of Human Services is responsible for the day-to-day administration and payment of benefits under the Medicare arrangements. Any inquiries concerning matters of interpretation of MBS items, including eligibility, should be directed to the Department of Human Services in the first instance. For enquiries relating exclusively to the MBS, phone 132 150.

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