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Monday, 1 December 2003
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Mr Gibbons asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 18 September 2003:

What percentage of medical services provided by General Practitioners was bulk-billed in the Federal Electorate of Bendigo in each year from, and including, 1996.


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

The following table shows the percentage of non-referred (general practitioner) attendances that were bulk billed for the electorate of Bendigo (as defined by 2001 electoral boundaries), in each of the years 1984-85 to 2002-03:

MEDICARE NON-REFERRED (GP) ATTENDANCES

PERCENTAGE BULK BILLED

ELECTORATE OF BENDIGO 1984-85 TO 2002-03

Year

% Bulk Billed

1984-85

49.1

1985-86

50.1

1986-87

50.7

1987-88

51.4

1988-89

53.4

1989-90

53.7

1990-91

55.5

1991-92

59.1

1992-93

65.1

1993-94

67.3

1994-95

66.9

1995-96

66.1

1996-97

64.1

1997-98

57.2

1998-99

53.8

1999-00

52.5

2000-01

50.0

2001-02

48.9

2002-03

48.8

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

These statistics were compiled from Medicare data by patient enrolment postcode and are based on 2001 Federal Electoral boundaries. Where a postcode overlapped the boundaries for the electorate of Bendigo, the statistics were allocated to electorate using statistics from the Census of Population and Housing, showing the proportion of the population of each postcode in the electorate in question.