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Monday, 24 May 2004
Page: 28949


Ms Jackson asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 8 March 2004:

(1) What is the breakdown of the proportion of total unreferred GP attendances bulk-billed for the electoral division of Hasluck for the quarter ending 31 December 2003.

(2) What is the breakdown of the number of total unreferred GP attendances bulk-billed for the electoral division of Hasluck for the quarter ending 31 December 2003.

(3) What is the breakdown for the average patient contribution per service (patient billed services only) for total unreferred GP attendances for the electoral division of Hasluck for the quarter ending 31 December 2003.

(4) What is the breakdown for the number of services for total unreferred GP attendances for the electoral division of Hasluck for the quarter ending 31 December 2003.


Mr Abbott (Minister for Health and Ageing) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Medicare statistics by electorate are no longer produced on a quarterly basis. Statistics by electorate are available on a calendar year basis.

(1) The proportion of total unreferred GP attendances bulk billed for the electoral division of Hasluck in 2003 was 69.2%.

(2) The number of total unreferred GP attendances bulk billed for the electoral division of Hasluck in 2003 was 400,145.

(3) The average patient contribution per patient billed service for unreferred GP attendances in the electoral division of Hasluck in 2003 was $12.89.

(4) The number of unreferred GP attendances for the electoral division of Hasluck in 2003 was 578,547.

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Notes to the Statistics

These statistics relate to non-referred (general practitioner) attendances that were rendered on a `fee-for-service' basis and for which benefits were processed by the Health Insurance Commission in 12 months to December 2003 (year of processing). Excluded are details of non-referred attendances to public patients in hospital, to Department of Veterans' Affairs patients and some compensation cases.

Average out of pocket costs relate to non-hospital patient billed services, and are the difference between aggregate fees charged and aggregate benefits paid, divided by the number of services. It is not possible to compute accurate statistics on the average patient contribution per service for patient billed services in hospital, since the Medicare system does not record gap payments under private health insurance arrangements.

The statistics were compiled from Medicare data by patient enrolment (mailing address) postcode. Where a postcode overlapped electoral boundaries, the statistics were allocated to electorate using a concordance file derived from Population Census data, showing the proportion of the population of each postal area, in each electorate.