National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Expenditure on after-hours GP attendances, 2012–13
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Indicator|
|Short name:||Expenditure on after-hours GP attendances, 2012–13|
|Description:||The total Medicare benefits expenditure for after-hours GP attendances claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).|
|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 from:||All Ages|
Average Medicare benefits expenditure per person on GP after-hours attendances.
GP after-hours attendances are Medicare benefit-funded after-hours patient/doctor encounters, such as visits and consultations, for which the patient has not been referred by another doctor. They include urgent and non-urgent non-referred attendances.
Relevant non-referred Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items used in this indicator are:
For urgent attendances after hours, all items in MBS Group A11 (Urgent attendance after hours).
For non-urgent attendances after hours, all items in MBS Groups A22 (General practitioner attendances to which no other item applies) and A23 (other non-referred after hours attendances to which no other item applies).
Expenditure on GP attendances does not include benefits paid for bulk billing items (MBS Items 10990, 10991, and 10992). These items are in 'Miscellaneous Services' (Category 9) in the MBS and are claimed as 'stand alone' items where the bulk billed service is a non-hospital unreferred service (other than pathology or diagnostic imaging) involving a person who is under 16 years of age or concessional. Since it is not always possible to determine the MBS item to which the incentive item relates expenditure on these items is included in 'Other MBS' (Broad Type of Service Group 'L') in official statistics.
For the year of processing expenditure on bulk billing incentive items (MBS Items 10990, 10991 and 10992) other than pathology and diagnostic imaging was $542.6 million.
Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.
Total Medicare benefits expenditure for relevant attendances/visits – source: MBS claims data.
Total Estimated Resident Population (ERP) as supplied by ABS.
In undertaking age standardisation of MBS data, the age of each person was determined 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 age in question.
For MBS data, Medicare Local and SA3 were 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 and SA3 regions using concordance files provided by the ABS.
Numerator based on Medicare (MBS) data provided by Department of Health for the financial year of processing, 2012-13.
Denominator data – Estimated Resident Population at 30 June 2012 provided by ABS
Presented per person.
Before MBS data are published by NHPA all confidential data cells are suppressed.
(Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Medicare benefits expenditure on after-hours GP attendances 2012-13
Medicare benefits expenditure on after-hours GP attendances, age standardised 2012-13
Medicare benefits expenditure on after-hours GP attendances variation within Medicare Locals 2012-13
Medicare benefits expenditure on after-hours GP attendances variation within Medicare Locals, age standardised 2012-13
|Numerator:||Total Medicare benefits expenditure for after-hours GP attendances claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)|
|Numerator data elements:|
|Denominator:||Total estimate resident population (ERP)|
|Denominator data elements:|
|Disaggregation:||By Medicare Local catchments, Medicare Local peer groups and Statistical Area 3 (SA3).|
|Disaggregation data elements:|
|Representation class:||Mean (average)|
|Data type:||Monetary amount|
|Unit of measure:||Currency|
Indicator conceptual framework
|Framework and dimensions:||PAF-Efficiency|
Data source attributes
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Department of Health
|Reporting requirements:||National Health Performance Authority-Performance & Accountability Framework|
|Organisation responsible for providing data:|
For MBS data, Department of Health.
For ERP data, Australian Bureau of Statistics.
|Accountability:||National Health Performance Authority|
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: Expenditure on after-hours GP attendances, 2013–14
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