National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Bulk-billed GP attendances, 2012–13
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Bulk-billed GP attendances, 2012–13|
|Description:||The percentage of GP attendances bulk billed in a year.|
|Indicator set:||National Health Performance Authority: Healthy Communities: 2011–|
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Collection and usage attributes
|Population group age to:||All ages|
Bulked billing is an arrangement in which a GP bills Medicare directly for any eligible medical or allied health service that the patient receives, and imposes no other 'gap payment' on the patient. In this arrangement the provider accepts the Medicare benefits as full payment for the service and the patient assigns their right to a Medicare benefit to the service provider.
GP attendances are Medicare benefit-funded patient/doctor encounters, such as visits and consultations, for which the patient has not been referred by another doctor. GP attendances exclude services provided by practice nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners on a GP’s behalf.
In terms of “Broad Type of Service’ Groups, GP attendances comprise all items in Broad Type of Services Groups ‘A’ – GP/VRGP non-referred attendances, ‘M’ - Enhanced Primary Care and ‘B’ Non-referred other attendances as published in official MBS statistics by the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health.
For MBS data, Medicare Local was determined having regard to the enrolment postcode for each person from the last MBS service of any type, processed by the Department of Human Services in 2012–13. All MBS services for each individual processed in 2012–13, were attributed to the postcode in question.
MBS postcode level data were allocated to Medicare Local regions using concordance files provided by ABS.
Numerator based on Medicare (MBS) total GP attendances bulk billed and denominator based on MBS total GP attendances, from data provided by the Department of Health for the financial year of processing, 2012–13.
Before MBS data are published by the NHPA all confidential data cells are suppressed.
The current definition of confidential data is as follows:
100 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Medicare Benefits Scheme data
Bulk-billed GP attendances
Bulk-billed GP attendances variation within Medicare Locals
|Numerator:||Number of bulk-billed GP attendances claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Total GP attendances for year of processing|
|Denominator data elements:|
|Disaggregation:||By Medicare Local catchments and Medicare Local peer groups|
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Unit of measure:||Person|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Equity of access|
Data source attributes
Medicare (MBS) data
Department of Health
|Reporting requirements:||National Health Performance Authority-Performance & Accountability Framework|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:||Department of Health|
|Accountability:||National Health Performance Authority|
|Further data development / collection required:|
Source and reference attributes
|Submitting organisation:||National Health Performance Authority|
|Reference documents:||National Health Performance Authority-Performance & Accountability Framework|
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Has been superseded by National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Bulk-billed GP attendances, 2013–14
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