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Wednesday, 31 October 2012
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Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme

(Question No. 2329)


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 9 October 2012:

Since the introduction of the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme:

(1) By electorate:

(a) what is the total number of people who have used the scheme, including a breakdown by month; and

(b) how many times has the scheme been used, including a breakdown by month.

(2) Until 30 September 2012, what has been the national monthly usage of the scheme, noting that patients who have not received the relevant general practitioner care planning items prior to 8 September 2012 will not be able to access the scheme from 8 September 2012 and prior to 1 December 2012.


Senator Ludwig: The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Department of Health and Ageing does not hold this data.

(2) The below table shows the number of services and benefits paid by month under the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme since commencement (1 November 2007 to 30 September 2012).

Month

Services1, 2

Benefit ($)1

November 2007

3,613

404,526

December 2007

12,684

1,533,098

January 2008

20,443

2,413,610

February 2008

40,497

5,192,656

March 2008

94,617

12,292,930

April 2008

140,089

20,981,649

May 2008

129,188

23,255,720

June 2008

116,060

22,645,502

July 2008

83,899

14,816,438

August 2008

177,659

30,263,495

September 2008

193,349

32,461,713

October 2008

161,384

25,821,576

November 2008

167,316

26,366,462

December 2008

179,353

28,888,704

January 2009

161,498

24,155,653

February 2009

203,586

30,300,300

March 2009

258,275

37,254,205

April 2009

245,828

35,282,538

May 2009

277,181

39,929,264

June 2009

271,949

38,553,639

July 2009

320,103

45,488,742

August 2009

318,944

44,394,993

September 2009

343,090

47,175,797

October 2009

339,277

46,206,458

November 2009

357,282

49,319,085

December 2009

329,802

46,509,030

January 2010

251,713

31,933,288

February 2010

356,363

46,715,362

March 2010

438,915

58,356,965

April 2010

355,776

47,204,244

May 2010

436,497

57,176,223

June 2010

429,366

56,029,886

July 2010

435,688

56,835,623

August 2010

451,788

58,565,766

September 2010

484,338

62,869,117

October 2010

459,541

59,623,851

November 2010

510,284

66,754,502

December 2010

443,836

59,471,199

January 2011

322,315

38,440,346

February 2011

455,472

56,301,881

March 2011

579,661

72,791,270

April 2011

447,106

56,681,864

May 2011

570,481

70,170,246

June 2011

550,271

67,878,223

July 2011

538,766

67,549,974

August 2011

616,406

77,249,411

September 2011

595,826

74,683,252

October 2011

578,001

71,479,276

November 2011

675,552

86,298,279

December 2011

612,186

84,202,274

January 2012

415,814

48,810,434

February 2012

557,380

67,715,800

March 2012

657,032

82,532,216

April 2012

507,858

63,601,942

May 2012

681,538

83,179,563

June 2012

573,858

70,972,496

July 2012

618,876

75,255,715

August 2012

623,969

75,920,700

September 2012

927,161

108,799,523

 

1 Based on the date the claim was processed through Medicare.

2 A 'service' is a Medicare item number. Each visit to the dentist may result in many individual 'services' being billed.