Pathology under Medicare

About the Australian Government’s objective to ensure access to high quality, clinically relevant, cost-effective pathology services, by publishing current pathology standards, professional discourse and trends.

Page last updated: 20 April 2015


The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) is responsible for developing and maintaining the accreditation standards that pathology laboratories must meet to be eligible for Medicare. The Accreditation section of Pathology under Medicare contains a range of information about pathology accreditation including:
    • current accreditation standards
    • best practice guidelines
    • ongoing NPAAC communiqués
    • NPAAC membership
    • NPAAC documents for public consultation.

Pathology Services Table (PST)

The PST lists the pathology tests for which Medicare benefits are payable and the fees and conditions associated with their use. See Category 6, MBS Online.

Quality Use of Pathology Program (QUPP)

The Quality Use of Pathology Program (QUPP) is a national grants program that promotes innovative approaches to improving the delivery of pathology services.

Legislation relating to pathology and diagnostic imaging

The Health Insurance Act 1973underpins the provision of pathology services in Australia. This Act includes the Health Insurance Regulations 1975 and the Health Insurance (Pathology Services Table) Regulations both of which are also contained in the updated Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Pathology FAQ

This question and answer document provides plain English explanations of how the pathology system works while helping consumers to plan for pathology service fees, gaps and benefits.


For information about eligibility, claims and services please contact the Department of Human Services.

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Patient telephone132011
Provider telephone132150
Web siteDepartment of Human Services
Other web siteMBS Online