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Wednesday, 25 May 2011
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(Question No. 193)

Dr Southcott asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, in writing, on 10 February 2011:

For the eight operational GP Super Clinics, collectively, how many (a) services have been provided, (b) services have been provided by a general practitioner, and (c) services have been billed to (i) Medicare, (ii) Medicare by a general practitioner, (iii) Medicare by a specialist medical practitioner, and (iv) Medicare by an allied health professional.

Ms Roxon: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) As at end of March 2011, 10 GP Super Clinics were operational. These 10 clinics reported over 354,000 presentations. This includes those clinics which have offered early services prior to opening.

(b) Over 256,000 presentations were reported to have been with a general practitioner.

(c) Under the GP Super Clinics Program, self reported data is collected on patient presentations to GPs and allied health professionals. This data is not collected on the basis of Medicare/non-Medicare services. This reflects more completely the multidisciplinary nature of the services being provided in GP Super Clinics, some of which are not Medicare eligible services.