Public Release of Medicare Statistics:
Financial Year 2017-18
More GP attendances and more benefits paid
In 2017-18, patients accessed almost 155 million GP services, at a cost in Medicare benefits of $7.8 billion. This compares to 149 million services in 2016-17 at a cost of $7.5 billion in Medicare benefits. This is an increase of 4.9%1 in service volumes and an increase in benefits of 5.5%1 compared to 2016-17.
More Medicare Services overall
The volume of total Medicare services in 2017-18 was 414.3 million services, at a cost of $23.2 billion in Medicare benefits. This compares to 394.3 million services 2016-17, at a cost of $22.0 billion in Medicare benefits. This is an increase of 5.9%1 in service volumes and an increase in benefits of 6.3%1 compared to 2016-17.
Patients are receiving more Medicare services that are fully subsidised
In 2017-18, patients received 327.0 million bulk billed Medicare services compared to 308.6 million in 2016-17. This represents an additional 18.4 million fully subsidised Medicare services compared to 2016-17.
Rates of bulk billing for GP attendances, Pathology, Diagnostic Imaging continue to increase
|Total GP (excl practice nurse)||85.7||86.1||0.4|
*The change in bulk billing rate in percentage points is calculated before rounding the bulk billing rate to 1 decimal point. For this reason, percentage point differences reported may differ from calculations derived using reported bulk billing rates.
Explanatory Notes on the data:
- Medicare services refer to services funded through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).
- Bulk billing is reported on a year-to-date (YTD) basis over the course of the financial year. The bulk billing rate is calculated, then rounded to one decimal point for reporting purposes.
- The latest bulk billing figures are for the July 2017 to Jun 2018 period (financial year 2017-18).
- Bulk billing data is also reported for individual quarters.
- Bulk billing data is reported for:
- All MBS services, by state/territory and remoteness area for 16 Broad Type of Service (BTOS) categories. Each BTOS category typically comprises a set of related MBS group of items.
- For example, bulk billing data is available for GP and specialist attendances, pathology, diagnostic imaging, practice nurses and allied health services.