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National Healthcare Agreement: P24-GP-type services, 2010

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termOutput measure
Short name:Help on this termGP-type services, 2010
METeOR identifier:Help on this term394776
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 08/06/2011
Description:Help on this termGP-type service use per 1,000 population.
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2010) Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
Outcome area:Help on this termPrimary and Community Health Health, Standard 07/07/2010
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: P24-GP-type services, 2010 QS Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this termIncludes GP/VRGP non-referred attendances; Enhanced primary care; Practice nurse services; Other non-referred attendances

The definition of non-referred (GP) attendances is kept consistent with Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) classifications. GP-type services are defined by MBS items under broad type of services groups A, B, M and O.

Presented per 1,000 population.

Rates are directly age-standardised to the Australian population as at 30 June 2001.
Computation:Help on this term1,000 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Numerator:Help on this termNumber of non-referred (GP) attendances claimed through the Medicare Benefits Schedule.
Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetPerson—government funding identifier, Medicare card number N(11)
Data Source
Medicare (MBS) data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
MBS broad type of services groups
Data Source
Medicare (MBS) data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Denominator:Help on this termTotal population
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—estimated resident population of Australia
Data Source
ABS Estimated resident population (total population)
Guide for use
Data source type: Census based plus administrative by-product data
Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person (address)—Australian postcode
Data Source
Medicare (MBS) data
Guide for use
Data source type: Administrative by-product data
Used for disaggregation by state/territory, remoteness area and SEIFA of residence
Comments:Help on this termSpecified disaggregation: Nationally and by state/territory (of residence of patient): by Indigenous status, remoteness area and SEIFA of residence.

Available disaggregation: Nationally and by state/territory (of residence of patient): by remoteness area and SEIFA of residence.

Data for 2008-09 will be available in 2009.

Most recent data available for 2010 CRC baseline report: 2008-09 with caveats

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termRate
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this termNNNN.N

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termAccessibility

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceMedicare (MBS) data
Frequency
Monthly
Data custodian
Department of Health

Data SourceABS Estimated resident population (total population)
Frequency
Quarterly
Quality statement
ABS Estimated resident population (total population), QS
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termDepartment of Health and Ageing / Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Further data development / collection required:Help on this termSpecification: Long-term
Work needs to continue to improve the Voluntary Indigenous Identifier (VII) in the Medicare database. This includes the development of an adjustment factor using data from a currently available sample.
Other issues caveats:Help on this termMBS item numbers change over time and need to be updated as required.

Disaggregations within individual jurisdictions are subject to data quality considerations.

In order to enhance the value of the differential service use data, it would be helpful to analyse service use in relation to estimated need for services. For example, actual and need-adjusted service use rates could be compared (e.g. van Doorslaer et al 2004, 2006; Mathers 1994) across socioeconomic areas, remoteness areas or by Indigenous status. Need could be estimated based on population health survey data about, for example, self-assessed health status and long-term health conditions.

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) was identified as a data source, but due to lack of data availability it has not been included in the calculation this reporting cycle. Inclusion of DVA data in future reporting depends on advice from the department.

Relational attributes

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See also National Healthcare Agreement: P14-Waiting times for GP's, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: P16-People deferring recommended treatment due to financial barriers, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: P22-Selected potentially preventable hospitalisations, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: P23-Selected potentially avoidable GP-type presentations to emergency departments, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: P25-Specialist services claimed through Medicare, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: P35-Waiting times for emergency department care, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: P65-Net growth in health workforce, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 24-GP-type services, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011

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