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Tuesday, 16 October 1984
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(Question No. 1045)


Senator Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 22 August 1984:

How many medical practitioners and how many specialists in Queensland are bulk billing patients through Medicare and what percentages of the total number of medical practitioners and specialists do those figures represent?


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

Number (and percentage) of Practices by Percent of Services Direct Billed

Type of Practice

100% 100%-50% 50%-0% 0% Total

G.P.

Number 143 842 830 1,052 2,867

Percent 5.0 29.4 29.0 36.6 100.0

Specialists

Number 82 221 437 861 1,601

Percent 5.1 13.8 27.3 53.8 100.0

Total No. 225 1,063 1,267 1,913 4,468

Percent 5.0 23.8 28.4 42.8 100.0

The above figures related to claims processed by the Health Insurance Commission during the month of August 1984.

The only figures available on the number of practitioners direct billing are as follows:

Number (and Percentage) of Practitioners Doing any direct billing

Some No Total

Direct Bill Direct Bill Providers

G.P.

Number 1,620 528 2,148 Percent 75.4 24.6 100.0

Specialist

Number 565 527 Percent 51.7 48.3 100.0

Total Number 2,185 1,055 3,240 Percent 67.4 32.6 100.0

These figures relate to claims processed by the Health Insurance Commission in the month of August 1984.