24 Jul Evaluation of external expert opinions for morphological pathology (2014)
The Department of Health engaged HealthConsult to undertake an evaluation of external expert second opinions for morphological pathology (histology and cytopathology). The evaluation included a review of the clinical evidence for the diagnostic accuracy, safety and effectiveness of obtaining a second opinion on pathology specimens. The cost-effectiveness of the service and the expected utilisation and financial implications for the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) were also assessed. The evaluation was considered by the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) when it formulated its advice to the Minister for Health on whether the service should be publicly funded. The project commenced in February 2014 and was completed in August 2014.