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SLI 2012 No. 166 Regulations as made
This regulation amends the Health Insurance (Pathology Services) Regulations 1989 to revise provisions relating to pathology requests.
Administered by: Health
Registered 13 Jul 2012
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR14-Aug-2012
Tabled Senate14-Aug-2012
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Health (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014

Health Insurance (Pathology Services) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1)1

Select Legislative Instrument 2012 No. 166

I, QUENTIN BRYCE, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following regulation under the Health Insurance Act 1973.

Dated 12 July 2012



By Her Excellency’s Command


1              Name of regulation

                This regulation is the Health Insurance (Pathology Services) Amendment Regulation 2012 (No. 1).

2              Commencement

                This regulation commences on 1 August 2012.

3              Amendment of Health Insurance (Pathology Services) Regulations 1989

                Schedule 1 amends the Health Insurance (Pathology Services) Regulations 1989.

Schedule 1        Amendments

(section 3)


[1]           Subregulation 4 (2), except the note


         (2)   For paragraph 16A (4) (b) of the Act, a request must, subject to subregulation (9), contain the particulars required by subregulations (3), (5), (6) and (8).

[2]           Subregulation 4 (4)


[3]           Paragraph 4 (6) (c)





[4]           Paragraph 4 (6) (d)


[5]           Subregulations 4 (6A) to (8)


         (7)   Subregulations (8) and (9) apply if:

                (a)    a treating practitioner makes a request (the first request) for a service that is received by an approved pathology practitioner (the referring pathologist); and

               (b)    the referring pathologist makes a request (the further request) for the service to an approved pathology authority or another approved pathology practitioner.

         (8)   The further request must include the treating practitioner’s name, relevant address and provider number mentioned in the first request.

         (9)   The further request need not comply with subregulations (5), (6) and (8) if:

                (a)    the further request relates only to the service to which the first request relates; and

               (b)    the first request is attached to the further request.


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