Blood tests

Blood tests are a type of pathology test. Most of the time these involve a blood sample being taken to a laboratory for testing, but some blood tests can be done at home.

The best choice of medical test and when to use a test depends on the individual's circumstances.

Find out more about the HbA1c blood test and the blood glucose test.

Changes to MBS items for vitamin B12, folate and vitamin D testing

Recent MBS reviews were undertaken by the Department of Health to assess the quality use of vitamin B12, folate and vitamin D testing. These reviews resulted in evidence-based changes to MBS items to improve the use of these tests. Vitamin B12 and folate tests are no longer linked together and vitamin D has been split into two types of testing, for high-risk patient populations and for patients with severe conditions such as renal failure or hypercalcaemia.

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