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Tuesday, 24 June 2003
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Ms Vamvakinou asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 24 March 2003:

(1) What was the total number of individuals that have reached the PBS Safety Net Threshold during (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03 in (i) Victoria, and (ii) the electoral division of Calwell, and (iii) in the postcode areas of (a) 3036, (b) 3037, (c) 3038, (d) 3043, (e) 3046, (f) 3047, (g) 3048, (h) 3049, (i) 3059, (j) 3060, (k) 3061, (l) 3064, (m) 3427, and (n) 3428.

(2) What was the total number of families that have reached the PBS Safety Net Threshold during (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03 in (i) Victoria, and (ii) the electoral division of Calwell, and (iii) the postcode areas of (a) 3036, (b) 3037, (c) 3038, (d) 3043, (e) 3046, (f) 3047, (g) 3048, (h) 3049, (i) 3059, (j) 3060, (k) 3061, (l) 3064, (m) 3427, and (n) 3428.

(3) What was the total number of individuals that have reached the PBS Safety Net Threshold and were not issued with a Safety Net Card during (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-00, (c) 2000-01, (d) 2001-02 and (e) 2002-03.

(4) What was the total number of families that have reached the PBS Safety Net Threshold and were not issued with a Safety Net Card during (a) 1998-99, (b) 1999-00, (c) 2000-01, (d) 2001-02 and (e) 2002-03.


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

(1) The total number of individuals that reached the PBS Safety Net threshold and been issued a Safety Net card, for which a claim has been made by the pharmacy from HIC during (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03 in (i) Victoria, and (ii) the electoral division of Calwell and (iii) in the postcode areas of (a) 3036, (b) 3037, (c) 3038, (d) 3043, (e) 3046, (f) 3047, (g) 3048, (h) 3049, (i) 3059, (j) 3060, (k) 3061, (l) 3064, (m) 3427, and (n) 3428 is shown in the following table.

2001-02

2002-31/03/03

Victoria

395,146

315,309

Calwell

HIC does not collect data on a Parliamentary electoral boundaries basis, however, the postcodes identified below are those generally associated with the electoral division of Calwell.

Postcode 3036

592

447

Postcode 3037

698

699

Postcode 3038

1,239

1,168

Postcode 3043

1,514

1,250

Postcode 3046

3,564

2,774

Postcode 3047

2,015

1,301

Postcode 3048

1,088

832

Postcode 3049

521

489

Postcode 3059

447

447

Postcode 3060

1,669

1,230

Postcode 3061

585

425

Postcode 3064

1,000

858

Postcode 3427

163

115

Postcode 3428

52

32

Note 1. These figures include the total number of individuals within a family, who are also counted as individuals.

Note 2. Safety Net cards issued by pharmacists prior to 31/03/03 but not yet claimed through HIC are not able to be included in the figures.

(2) The total number of families that reached the PBS Safety Net threshold and been issued a Safety Net card, for which a claim has been made by the pharmacy from HIC, during (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03 in (I) Victoria, and (ii) the electoral division of Calwell, and (iii) the postcode areas of (a) 3036, (b) 3037, (c) 3038, (d) 3043, (e) 3046, (f) 3047, (g) 3048, (h) 3049, (i) 3059, (j) 3060, (k) 3061, (l) 3064, (m) 3427 and (n) 3428 is shown in the following table.

2001-02

2002-31/03/03

Victoria

226,621

185,564

Calwell

HIC does not collect data on a Parliamentary electoral boundaries basis, however, the postcodes identified below are those generally associated with the electoral division of Calwell.

Postcode 3036

325

252

Postcode 3037

365

389

Postcode 3038

615

597

Postcode 3043

813

691

Postcode 3046

2,011

1,661

Postcode 3047

1,034

751

Postcode 3048

540

406

Postcode 3049

268

240

Postcode 3059

229

224

Postcode 3060

952

735

Postcode 3061

263

210

Postcode 3064

478

417

Postcode 3427

75

60

Postcode 3428

28

14

Note: Safety Net cards issued by pharmacists prior to 31/03/03 but not yet claimed through HIC are not able to be included in the figures.

(3) and (4) HIC is unable to provide accurate and complete data on how many individuals and families reached the PBS Safety Net Threshold but were not issued with a Safety Net Card, for two reasons. First, HIC is unable to provide data on families unless they have registered for the purposes of accumulating PBS benefits for the Safety Net. Secondly, PBS/RPBS items under the patient contribution amount are not claimed from HIC by the patient.