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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6033


Senator Chris Evans asked the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 19 September 2002:

On what dates were Medicare figures publicly released for each of the quarters since March 1996.


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

The precise release dates for Medicare statistics by the Department of Health and Ageing and the Health Insurance Commission (HIC), for each of the quarters between March 1996 and March 2001, are not available as specific records of this data was not kept.

The Department of Health and Ageing issues a quarterly Medicare Statistics compendium. The dates listed for 2001-02 reflect the actual dates of release. For earlier editions, the dates printed on the respective issues of the publication are detailed below. These dates generally reflect the month on which preparation of the publication for printing was completed. The actual release of the publication would have taken place in the month in question, or the following month.

Year

Reference Qtr

Month/Date of Publication

1996

March

May 1996

June

August 1996

September

November 1996

December

February 1997

1997

March

May 1997

June

August 1997

September

December 1997

December

February 1998

1998

March

May 1998

June

August 1998

September

November 1998

December

February 1999

1999

March

May 1999

June

August 1999

September

January 2000

December

April 2000

2000

March

May 2000

June

September 2000

September

November 2000

December

February 2001

2001

March

May 2001

June

30 August 2001

September

15 November 2001

December

25 February 2002

2002

March

31 May 2002

June

30 August 2002

Statistics published by the Department of Health and Ageing and the HIC complement each other. Quarterly Medicare statistics were published on the HIC's website on the dates indicated:

Year

Reference Qtr

Release Date

2001

March

7 May 2001

June

30 August 2001

September

12 November 2001

December

25 February 2002

2002

March

20 May 2002

June

30 August 2002