COVID-19 Fee Information

Monday, 18 May 2020 | Brooke Kenny

Our service to you is in support of the Communicable Disease Control Branch, S.A. Health and the Government of Australia recommendations.

To ensure our valued clients receive an ongoing service, we wish to update you in regards to the fee requirements around COVID testing. Medicare rebates for COVID-19 pathology tests apply where a medical practitioner has determined that it is clinically necessary for a patient to get a COVID-19 test.

The general Medicare rule remains that Medicare rebates do not apply to any pathology tests provided as a health screen, which is not required for the management of the medical condition of the patient.

Patients who have a history of fever or night sweats/ chills or symptoms of respiratory infection or a suspected COVID-19 infection, should be tested for COVID-19. Please provide clinical notes with your referral, including symptom history.

When a patient falls outside of the above criteria, the service is deemed as “screening” and therefore will incur a private fee.

To reiterate Clinpath’s COVID-19 Service:

  1. COVID-19 PCR testing at our Mile End Laboratory, with results within 24 hours.
  2. RAPID COVID-19 PCR testing only for critical high-risk patients, with results provided within one hour of arrival to the Mile End laboratory.


For any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact your local BD Liaison.

Kind Regards

Brooke Kenny

Pre Analytics Manager