National Healthcare Agreement: PI 25-Specialist services, 2012
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Indicator type:||Output measure|
|Short name:||PI 25-Specialist services, 2012|
|Description:||Differential rates for specialist service use (out-of-hospital private patient) per 1,000 population.|
|Indicator set:||National Healthcare Agreement (2012)|
Health, Superseded 25/06/2013
|Outcome area:||Primary and Community Health|
Health, Standard 07/07/2010
|Quality statement:||National Healthcare Agreement: PI 25-Specialist services, 2012 QS Health, Retired 14/01/2015|
Collection and usage attributes
MBS items for specialist services (approximately 6,000 current items and 6,000 historic items).
The definition of specialist services is all items in the Department of Health and Ageing and Medicare Australia broad type of service groups for:
Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.
Medicare Benefits Scheme data presented by Indigenous status are adjusted for under-identification in the Medicare Australia Voluntary Indigenous Identifier (VII) database.
Analysis by state and territory, remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on the postcode of residence of person as recorded in Medicare Australia's database at the date the last service was recieved in the reference period.
Presented per 1,000 population.
1,000 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator).
Medicare Benefits Scheme and Department of Veterans' Affairs data combined.
|Numerator:||Number of specialist services claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) or Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA).|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator data elements:|
2008–09 and 2009–10 (updated for DVA data), and 2010–11—Nationally, by SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles
2008–09 and 2009–10 (updated for DVA data), and 2010–11—State and territory, by:
Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.
|Disaggregation data elements:|
Most recent data available for 2012 CRC report: 2010–11.
This indicator presents rates for total specialist numbers (including all item numbers specified in calculation conditions).
Specialist Services do not include GP/VRGP non-referred attendances, Primary care, Other non-referred attendances, Practice nurse Items, Allied health (including Dental) or Optometry services.
MBS and DVA item numbers change over time. Extracted data may include historical item numbers that are no longer current but have been processed by Medicare Australia within the reference period.
There may be overlap between this and other indicators (e.g. Medicare claims for private sector mental health services are also presented in indicator 28).
|Unit of measure:||servicesType|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||Accessibility|
Data source attributes
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Department of Health
Australian Bureau of Statistics
|Organisation responsible for providing data:||Department of Health and Ageing/Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
|Further data development / collection required:||Specification: Proxy|
|Other issues caveats:|
Source and reference attributes
|Related metadata references:|
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 16-People deferring access to selected healthcare due to cost, 2012
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24-GP-type services, 2012
Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 25-Specialist services, 2011
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 26-Dental services, 2012
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 27-Optometry services, 2012
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 28-Public sector community mental health services, 2012
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 29-Private sector mental health services, 2012
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 37-Waiting times for radiotherapy and orthopaedic specialists, 2012
See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 46-Rates of services: Outpatient occasions of service, 2012
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