Web update: Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2013–14 - Web update

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Web update: Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2013–14

Overview

Updated information is available for 13 measures of health care usage across Australia by Primary Health Network (PHN) area for 2013–14.

These measures include the average number of GP and specialist attendances (age-standardised) per person, after-hours GP attendances, expenditure on GP and specialist attendances, the percentage of bulk-billed GP attendances, and more. The findings are based on a local-level breakdown of results from the Department of Human Services Medicare Benefits Statistics 2013–14.

The data reveal in 2013–14, across PHN areas:

  • Across metropolitan and regional communities people living in the Australian Capital Territory PHN area saw a GP on average 4.5 times in 2013–14, compared to people living in South Western Sydney who saw a GP on average 7.6 times
  • In some more rural areas, such as the Northern Territory and Country WA, people saw a GP less often – 3.6 and 4.1 times per person respectively
  • Across PHN areas people living in Murrumbidgee saw a GP after hours least often, compared to people living in Western Sydney who saw a GP after hours most often. The average amount spent by Medicare on after-hours GP visits ranged from $5 per capita in Murrumbidgee to $49 per capita in the Gold Coast
  • Across metropolitan and regional communities the average amount spent by Medicare on GP visits ranged from $203 per capita in the Australian Capital Territory PHN area to $339 per capita in South Western Sydney
  • The average amount spent by Medicare on specialist visits ranged from $43 per capita in Northern Queensland to $114 per capita in Northern Sydney.

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In 2013–14 people saw a GP, on average: 4.5 times in Australian Capital Territory PHN to 7.6 times in South Western Sydney PHN. In some rural areas, such as the Northern Territory and Country WA, people saw a GP less often - 3.6 and 4.1 times per person respectively.