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Monday, 14 October 2002
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Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 29 August 2002:

(1) What is the electorate-by-electorate breakdown (ie. by federal electorate division) of the percentage for unreferred attendances bulk billed for the 12 months ending: (a) 30 June 2000; (b) 30 June 2001; and (c) 30 June 2002 (period of processing).

(2) What is the electorate-by-electorate breakdown of the number of unreferred attendances bulk billed for the 12 months ending: (a) 30 June 2000; (b) 30 June 2001; and (c) 30 June 2002 (period of processing).


Senator Patterson (Minister for Health and Ageing) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) The percentage and number of unreferred attendances bulk-billed, by federal electorate division, for the 12 months ending: (a) 30 June 2000; (b) 30 June 2001; and (c) 30 June 2002 (period of processing) is detailed in the following table:

Federal

1999/2000

2000/2001

2001/2002

Electorate

Services

Percent

Services

Percent

Services

Percent

Adelaide

541,113

82.4

540,372

82.0

497,835

77.6

Aston

636,360

85.9

625,313

85.4

607,874

83.5

Ballarat

382,640

66.6

356,752

64.2

339,726

61.5

Banks

724,169

87.5

706,254

87.4

696,169

87.0

Barker

237,922

43.3

248,722

43.5

241,164

42.6

Barton

817,175

92.7

792,991

92.7

797,147

92.6

Bass

231,253

53.1

215,227

51.4

206,719

50.0

Batman

848,543

92.8

795,036

91.6

759,239

89.3

Bendigo

266,248

52.5

252,541

50.0

248,757

48.9

Bennelong

594,568

82.4

578,871

82.1

586,440

82.7

Berowra

534,222

77.6

524,524

77.1

520,722

75.6

Blair

494,497

83.4

489,113

82.0

482,102

79.3

Blaxland

1,093,899

96.2

1,068,220

96.5

1,069,036

96.3

Bonython

810,356

93.5

831,159

93.2

776,030

91.0

Boothby

436,009

67.5

429,053

65.3

409,032

63.5

Bowman

665,643

86.8

644,588

85.5

610,132

81.7

Braddon

292,262

66.7

292,238

65.3

294,477

63.5

Bradfield

447,690

68.4

432,637

67.4

415,825

65.5

Brand

490,925

82.4

445,992

77.2

387,194

68.0

Brisbane

606,943

86.9

566,333

83.6

517,371

78.0

Bruce

710,594

86.2

675,259

84.9

634,022

81.6

Burke

506,020

71.4

509,705

71.5

524,445

70.5

Calare

320,369

61.4

325,766

61.4

317,265

60.9

Calwell

915,844

94.5

901,137

92.9

896,658

91.0

Canberra

404,330

59.6

367,551

56.1

322,899

50.6

Canning

365,014

70.9

350,056

69.1

330,802

64.9

Capricornia

230,309

45.7

240,326

46.7

257,349

48.7

Casey

496,533

76.2

488,080

75.7

459,686

72.9

Charlton

488,946

78.4

457,055

74.3

385,903

64.7

Chifley

1,070,425

98.6

1,044,295

98.6

1,047,441

98.5

Chisholm

612,503

83.8

575,541

82.0

544,752

79.9

Cook

541,061

81.2

524,655

80.1

523,523

79.6

Corangamite

300,598

57.3

272,879

52.1

249,502

47.3

Corio

412,365

69.5

391,096

66.7

359,723

61.9

Cowan

559,561

88.7

544,202

86.7

506,625

81.4

Cowper

277,004

53.9

282,153

54.4

280,882

53.5

Cunningham

600,568

85.0

595,041

85.5

587,754

85.0

Curtin

356,771

64.1

345,548

63.5

336,064

62.2

Dawson

309,965

56.3

352,668

61.2

402,781

66.2

Deakin

553,459

80.5

529,018

79.0

498,841

76.7

Denison

290,845

58.9

288,645

59.4

277,819

55.8

Dickson

533,093

79.3

499,041

75.8

441,541

67.5

Dobell

602,018

85.7

527,299

77.7

458,605

69.1

Dunkley

533,772

78.6

511,611

77.1

397,257

63.4

Eden-Monaro

213,947

44.3

204,881

41.9

199,948

40.8

Fadden

665,996

88.0

657,631

86.6

625,060

82.5

Fairfax

510,339

79.3

501,642

76.9

475,117

71.3

Farrer

223,681

45.9

222,088

45.5

200,908

42.5

Fisher

708,973

90.7

695,450

88.1

682,359

85.2

Flinders

469,241

71.3

433,614

66.6

346,519

54.6

Forde

658,260

91.0

650,867

90.2

637,068

87.7

Forrest

237,020

52.6

243,857

53.0

252,469

53.1

Fowler

1,171,077

98.2

1,145,672

98.3

1,140,797

98.3

Franklin

284,349

58.9

277,046

58.4

271,286

55.6

Fraser

452,286

66.6

424,273

62.8

333,221

52.0

Fremantle

502,420

82.4

486,595

80.4

464,819

76.6

Gellibrand

789,723

94.3

744,853

93.5

705,257

91.3

Gilmore

360,773

66.1

361,945

64.9

357,990

63.9

Gippsland

266,786

55.0

269,455

54.7

274,324

54.8

Goldstein

525,432

72.7

493,039

69.8

452,989

63.6

Grayndler

844,359

95.1

808,170

94.6

774,058

93.4

Greenway

869,086

95.5

871,637

95.3

898,467

95.2

Grey

379,914

67.2

400,229

68.0

389,580

67.0

Griffith

663,186

88.3

634,516

86.3

569,406

79.6

Groom

470,322

72.6

457,520

71.1

422,019

67.3

Gwydir

335,618

62.2

324,250

61.1

329,381

61.9

Hasluck

510,859

81.6

499,224

80.2

476,433

76.9

Herbert

410,530

69.0

359,341

62.8

328,048

58.8

Higgins

504,685

75.1

469,371

71.4

437,834

67.5

Hindmarsh

516,899

76.2

527,686

75.8

506,216

74.4

Hinkler

194,567

41.0

197,847

40.1

232,001

43.3

Holt

821,811

91.7

794,467

89.2

739,436

84.3

Hotham

689,018

87.9

652,610

86.1

613,481

83.4

Hughes

596,801

80.3

582,609

79.6

581,531

79.5

Hume

323,563

60.7

328,006

61.2

335,779

60.7

Hunter

312,585

58.6

303,197

56.9

288,307

54.1

Indi

208,675

42.2

207,186

41.2

193,145

39.4

Isaacs

616,455

85.4

601,442

83.8

547,793

77.6

Jagajaga

527,262

77.9

501,802

76.0

483,557

73.5

Kalgoorlie

254,483

63.8

261,065

63.8

238,436

61.7

Kennedy

343,285

63.3

344,789

64.5

337,647

64.2

Kingsford-Smith

855,684

93.0

829,323

92.6

813,017

91.9

Kingston

551,038

78.6

563,130

78.1

503,275

72.9

Kooyong

421,119

71.3

395,925

68.2

371,678

65.0

La Trobe

543,575

79.4

521,469

75.9

501,874

71.8

Lalor

669,283

91.4

652,906

90.1

641,165

89.0

Leichhardt

519,490

81.1

527,435

80.9

528,272

80.9

Lilley

647,871

86.4

600,344

83.4

548,036

78.4

Lindsay

758,345

93.6

724,191

92.8

715,597

92.3

Lingiari

144,647

71.2

149,921

71.7

141,511

70.6

Longman

707,408

92.9

705,268

92.0

658,343

88.2

Lowe

761,781

94.0

734,465

93.5

736,895

92.9

Lyne

402,336

66.7

427,148

68.4

417,182

66.0

Lyons

308,078

71.6

283,303

68.3

284,776

68.1

Macarthur

790,310

91.6

791,659

90.8

821,724

91.1

Mackellar

551,702

79.7

537,987

79.0

513,786

77.2

Macquarie

529,780

80.3

516,447

79.6

503,371

78.1

Makin

520,235

78.1

525,468

76.7

448,882

68.4

Mallee

282,270

55.6

286,033

54.9

276,365

53.6

Maranoa

295,718

54.7

295,264

53.8

296,234

53.7

Maribyrnong

764,847

92.3

741,040

91.6

703,294

89.1

Mayo

412,591

68.1

405,656

64.8

365,682

59.5

McEwen

464,262

73.5

458,559

71.4

452,885

69.4

McMillan

387,863

68.0

393,869

67.8

398,430

67.8

McPherson

727,293

84.5

709,722

82.9

669,112

79.1

Melbourne

762,205

89.7

720,849

88.1

691,786

86.0

Melbourne Ports

626,556

84.2

585,604

81.5

526,747

75.8

Menzies

508,040

80.3

507,664

80.1

491,748

77.6

Mitchell

538,978

82.6

547,838

82.9

555,672

82.3

Moncrieff

710,357

83.9

692,900

82.2

633,409

76.2

Moore

458,350

79.3

446,779

77.1

417,565

73.4

Moreton

646,652

88.8

634,460

88.6

587,978

83.6

Murray

209,457

41.4

200,834

39.9

175,702

35.9

New England

283,177

57.2

273,896

56.1

254,450

52.4

Newcastle

527,133

79.0

510,679

78.4

472,026

74.6

North Sydney

457,972

73.0

446,119

71.6

422,279

68.9

O'Connor

228,561

49.6

233,782

49.2

241,175

51.0

Oxley

796,631

92.8

778,352

91.9

722,026

88.0

Page

270,296

52.3

260,089

50.0

250,687

48.1

Parkes

304,057

63.0

296,203

61.8

313,064

64.4

Parramatta

861,515

92.6

841,389

92.8

838,227

92.6

Paterson

395,816

69.1

389,407

67.4

359,618

62.9

Pearce

425,618

78.3

435,789

77.5

424,840

74.1

Perth

611,206

88.1

591,251

86.5

556,796

83.1

Petrie

673,896

87.1

647,059

86.3

595,455

80.7

Port Adelaide

731,417

90.9

746,652

90.5

695,419

89.5

Prospect

1,058,606

97.8

1,026,293

97.8

1,019,676

97.7

Rankin

812,589

94.4

809,112

94.3

779,790

92.1

Reid

1,067,306

98.3

1,028,709

98.3

1,026,259

98.2

Richmond

469,844

77.5

457,490

74.7

438,984

70.2

Riverina

212,415

46.0

208,752

44.6

204,444

44.9

Robertson

563,454

80.3

527,750

75.6

467,726

68.9

Ryan

456,522

75.3

430,098

72.4

379,036

64.4

Scullin

769,351

91.1

742,979

90.2

732,875

88.1

Shortland

516,069

78.6

434,438

68.9

373,392

60.5

Solomon

191,779

61.8

190,587

61.5

178,066

60.0

Stirling

662,880

85.9

645,174

84.8

614,802

82.2

Sturt

466,993

71.3

468,749

69.4

422,571

64.6

Swan

524,898

83.8

512,643

83.2

491,384

80.8

Sydney

736,415

91.3

717,247

89.6

688,910

86.6

Tangney

485,527

74.9

459,796

73.1

445,232

71.0

Throsby

699,962

92.6

702,173

92.9

722,822

92.8

Wakefield

292,601

52.8

293,439

50.8

266,003

46.2

Wannon

265,207

55.5

269,167

55.4

263,706

54.8

Warringah

546,946

77.6

536,109

77.0

510,094

74.8

Watson

986,686

97.0

952,894

97.0

942,561

96.7

Wentworth

620,242

83.5

563,328

79.9

517,404

76.5

Werriwa

824,317

96.0

815,756

95.8

823,064

95.8

Wide Bay

416,070

69.2

424,939

69.4

409,042

66.3

Wills

809,119

90.8

766,982

89.6

730,999

87.3

Undefined

196,154

74.7

213,632

73.6

239,161

72.1

Notes:

The statistics relate to services rendered on a `fee-for-service' basis for which Medicare benefits were processed by the Health Insurance Commission in the periods in question.

Medicare statistics are captured at the postcode level. Since some postcodes overlap Federal Electoral Division boundaries, statistics by Medicare enrolment postcode were mapped to electorate using data from the Census of Population and Housing showing the proportion of the population of each postcode in each electoral division.