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Tuesday, 13 May 2003
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Ms O'Byrne asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 12 February 2003:

What percentage of Medicare services by broad type of service were direct billed during

(a) 2001-2002 and (b) 2002-2003 in (i) Tasmania, (ii) the electoral division of Bass and (iii) the postcode areas of (A) 7248, (B) 7249, (C) 7250, (D) 7252, (E) 7253, (F) 7254, (G) 7255, (H) 7257, (I) 7258, (J) 7259, (K) 7260, (L) 7261, (M) 7262, (N) 7263, (O) 7264, (P) 7265, (Q) 7267, (R) 7268, (S) 7277 and (T) 7212.


Mr Andrews (Minister for Ageing) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The following table shows the percentage of Medicare services that were bulk-billed during

(a) 2001-2002 and (b) the six months to December 2002 in (i) Tasmania, (ii) the electoral division of Bass and (iii) selected postcodes*, by broad type of service:

Broad Type of Service

Tasmania

Bass

Selected Postcodes*

2001-2002

Jul-Dec 2002

2001-2002

Jul-Dec 2002

2001-2002

Jul-Dec 2002

Non-Referred Atten

Recognised GPs

58.2

56.1

45.2

44.5

45.4

44.7

Enhanced Care

90.9

90.5

99.6

98.3

99.6

98.3

Other

60.7

53.3

73.9

76.4

74.0

76.5

Total

58.4

56.1

46.8

46.1

47.0

46.3

Specialist Attend

29.4

31.1

35.1

35.2

35.0

35.1

Obstetrics

17.0

20.8

14.9

16.8

14.9

16.8

Anaesthetics

8.3

9.7

1.2

0.7

1.2

0.7

Pathology

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

Diagnostic Imaging

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

n.a.

Operations

31.1

31.6

29.4

29.6

29.5

29.7

Optometry

98.1

98.3

94.9

95.1

94.9

95.1

Other

44.4

51.2

47.7

47.5

47.6

47.5

Total

58.3

58.0

57.3

57.6

57.3

57.6

n.a. - not available for confidentiality reasons

* Selected postcodes are: 7248, 7249, 7250, 7252, 7253, 7254, 7255, 7257, 7258, 7259, 7260, 7261, 7262, 7263, 7264, 7265, 7267, 7268, 7277 and 7212.

The statistics relate to services rendered on a `fee-for-service' basis for which Medicare benefits were paid in the periods in question (based on date of processing). Excluded are details of services to public patients in hospital, to Department of Veterans' Affairs patients and some compensation cases.

The statistics in question were based on data captured at the servicing provider postcode level. In compiling statistics for the electoral division of Bass, since some postcodes overlap Federal electoral division boundaries, statistics by servicing provider postcode were mapped to electorate using data from the Census of Population and Housing showing the proportion of the population of each postcode in each Federal electoral division.

The electoral division of Bass comprises the nominated selected postcodes. As some of these postcodes overlap other Federal electoral divisions, the statistics for Bass are a subset of those for the selected postcodes.