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 Version 1. January 28, 1997.

 "I have been asked to examine the payment of Medicare (Australia) benefits for glucose and insulin assays in relation to allergy; I am of the opinion that currently the matter is sufficiently experimental that benefits should not be claimed; the place of these assays in allergy practice has yet to be defined in accepted medical practice".

Version 2. 1998

"It should be noted that the performance of a 2 hour glucose tolerance test with concurrent insulin levels is acting out of mainstream medical opinion; in generating pathology tests where many peer endocrinologists do not support the need or the appropriateness of such testing, the medical practitioner authorising the test must assume full responsibility for requesting that test. Therefore it is probably wise not to commit Medicare (Australia) to pay for the test until peer support arrives".

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