Fine Needle Biopsy

Occasionally, a physician will use a fine needle to biopsy a palpable, superficial lesion.  Generally, there will not be a fine needle biopsy tariff listed in the Physician’s Manual specific to the anatomical region of interest. Manitoba Health has confirmed that, in these situations, you may submit a claim under tariff *0171, Biopsy of skin, subcutaneous tissue or mucous membrane including simple closure or punch biopsy (Independent Procedure).

Billing Notes:

  • A single fee is payable regardless of the number of fine needle passes used to obtain the specimen. A biopsy of a second, distinct, palpable lesion at the same sitting would be paid at 100%.
  • Tariff 0171 is an asterisked (*) tariff. Accordingly, the usual management of the case and follow-up care will be paid in addition.
  • Tariff 0171 is an independent procedure, hence, it may not be claimed if the biopsy performed was integral to another procedure.


Braden Kalichuk
(204) 985-5848


Updated: November 2016