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4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Aug 2013  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/08/2013   
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MEDICARE SERVICES



KEY SERIES


AVERAGE NUMBER OF MEDICARE SERVICES PROCESSED PER PERSON (a)(b)(c), all persons

2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09 (d)
2009-10 (d)
2010-11 (d)
2011-12 (d)
2012-13

no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

Males
9.4
9.7
10.1
10.3
10.9
11.3
11.8
12.1
12.3
12.4
Females
13.3
13.7
14.1
14.4
15.3
15.7
16.2
16.5
16.9
17.1




(a) Care should be exercised in interpreting changes in the utilisation of Medicare services over time, as these may be the result population growth and net migration, changes in utilisation of services provided at no cost to patients by the states/territories, as compared with utilisation of Medicare-funded services, minor additions of new items to the MBS and changes to the coverage of Medicare as a result of Government policy.
(b) Per person calculations based on Medicare services processed, divided by Australian population data reported in ABS Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0).
(c) The Department of Health and Ageing regularly makes minor revisions to Medicare services processed.
(d) Data between 2008-09 and 2011-12 has undergone revision by the Department of Health and Ageing since last release. It now excludes dental benefits which fall under a Dental Benefits Scheme (DBS) as of 2008-09.

Source: Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA), Annual Medicare Statistics, June Quarter 2013.



RELATED SERIES


MEDICARE SERVICES PROCESSED, PROPORTION PROCESSED FOR PERSONS AGED 65 YEARS AND OVER (a)(b)(c)

2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09 (d)
2009-10 (d)
2010-11 (d)
2011-12 (d)
2012-13

%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Males
30.0
31.0
31.6
32.2
32.7
33.3
33.9
34.6
34.4
36.3
Females
27.1
27.6
27.7
27.9
27.8
28.0
28.6
29.1
29.5
30.1



(a) Care should be exercised in interpreting changes in the utilisation of Medicare services over time, as these may be the result population growth and net migration, changes in utilisation of services provided at no cost to patients by the states/territories, as compared with utilisation of Medicare-funded services, minor additions of new items to the MBS and changes to the coverage of Medicare as a result of Government policy.
(b) The Department of Health and Ageing regularly makes minor revisions to Medicare services processed.
(c) Medicare services processed for males and females 65 years and over, as a proportion of Medicare services processed for total persons for each sex.
(d) Data between 2008-09 and 2011-12 has undergone revision by the Department of Health and Ageing since last release. It now excludes dental benefits which fall under a Dental Benefits Scheme (DBS) as of 2008-09.

Source: Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA), Annual Medicare Statistics, June Quarter 2013.



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