Medicare Australia uses leading edge technology to help improve efficiency and to promote the effective use of information within the health sector.
The deployment of health information using dynamic web page technology plays a valuable role in the community by helping:
- consumers of health services to make their own health decisions;
- doctors make decisions in consultation with consumers of health services;
- researchers evaluate treatments or therapies; and
- policy makers assess initiatives to improve Australia’s health.
A wide range of health-related statistics is now available from the Medicare Australia website. These statistics relate to the following Medicare Australia administered programs:
- Medicare Benefits Scheme;
- Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme;
- Australian Organ Donor Register;
- Practice Incentives Program;
- Australian Childhood Immunisation Register; and
Standard reports and reports specific to Divisions of General Practice can also be generated from Medicare Australia statistics on our website.
Medicare Australia Produces a wide range of statistics related to the programs it administers.
By using dynamic web page technology, Medicare Australia is able to provide health-related statistics that play a valuable role in assisting health professionals, researchers and journalists as well as the general public. Access to Medicare Australia statistics on the website is freely available to everyone and has proved to be extremely popular.
Users of the system can customise both the content and the format of their reports. The online charting facility means that trends in data are easily identified and if necessary, further analysed by downloading into a spreadsheet. Alternatively, the data can be explored online before requesting more complex reports from Medicare Australia.
Statistics from the Medicare Benefits Schedule are available from this website. The statistics are based on the items and groups in the Medicare Benefits Schedule. These statistics can be broken down by patient gender and age group. Services and Benefits can be reported as count, percentage or per capita statistics. Individual MBS item statistics can be displayed as charts.
These statistics include data from both the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS). The statistics are based on the items and ATC groups in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule.
Provider percentile charts show the number of services billed by peer groups for selected MBS items. You can use these charts to compare your billing data with your peers.
Herceptin is a drug used in the late stages of breast cancer. Through the Herceptin program, the cost of the drug is subsidised for eligible patients. Medicare Australia implemented this program on 1 December 2001. The Herceptin program is administered as a separate program to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
These reports contain information related to Medicare, Pharmaceutical and Repatriation Benefits Scheme, Australian Government Childcare Rebate and Australian Childhood Immunisation Register.
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Last updated: 15 March, 2013