Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with access to health care in 2011–12 - Report - Experiences with health services

Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with access to health care in 2011–12

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Experiences with health services

Year of data: 2011–12

In 2011–12, among all adults who received a referral to a medical specialist for their own health in the preceding 12 months, the percentage who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get an appointment with a medical specialist varied across Medicare Local catchments, ranging from 16% to 35%.1

Percentage of adults referred to a medical specialist who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get an appointment in the preceding 12 months, 2011–12

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.2 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of adults referred to a medical specialist who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get an appointment in the preceding 12 months within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
16 – 20%
21 – 23%
24 – 26%
27 – 28%
29 – 35%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of adults referred to a medical specialist who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get an appointment in the preceding 12 months within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

1. Medical specialists include any medical specialist whom the patient saw in the preceding 12 months.

2. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group.

3. For more information on peer groups and the calculation of peer group results refer to this report’s Technical Supplement.

Note: Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Patient Experience Survey 2011–12.

More information can be found at: www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups3, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Locals to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Locals to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Percentage of adults referred to a medical specialist who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get an appointment in the preceding 12 months
Metro 1 25%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 33%
Northern Sydney 107 27%
Bayside 202 27%
Australian Capital Territory 801 27%
Eastern Sydney 101 26%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 22%
Inner East Melbourne 206 21%
Inner West Sydney 102 21%
Metro 2 24%
Perth North Metro # 502 33%
Eastern Melbourne 207 29%
Gold Coast 303 29%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 28%
South Eastern Sydney 103 25%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 23%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 22%
Fremantle 503 21%
Central Adelaide & Hills # 402 19%
Metro North Brisbane # 301 18%
Bentley-Armadale # 504 16%
South Western Melbourne 203 NP
Metro 3 26%
Northern Melbourne # 205 35%
South Western Sydney 104 27%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 26%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 26%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 25%
Northern Adelaide 401 22%
Western Sydney # 105 21%
Regional 1 24%
Hunter 111 23%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 23%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 19%
Sunshine Coast # 304 18%
Central Coast NSW 109 NP
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 NP
Barwon 210 NP
Perth South Coastal 505 NP
Regional 2 27%
Gippsland 217 31%
North Coast NSW 113 29%
Grampians 211 27%
Tasmania 601 27%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 25%
Goulburn Valley 215 23%
South West WA # 506 21%
Western NSW 115 20%
New England 114 NP
Murrumbidgee 116 NP
Southern NSW 117 NP
Great South Coast 212 NP
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 NP
Hume 216 NP
Wide Bay 307 NP
Country South SA 404 NP
Rural 1 28%
Townsville-Mackay 310 30%
Country North SA 405 24%
Far West NSW 118 NP
Lower Murray 213 NP
Central Qld 308 NP
Rural 2 29%
Northern Territory 701 33%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Far North Qld 311 NP
Goldfields-Midwest 507 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically significant variation (at the 95% confidence level) from the peer group result.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas.

NP Not available for publication.

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Year of data: 2011–12

In 2011–12, among all adults who saw or needed to see a GP for their own health in the preceding 12 months, the percentage who did not see or delayed seeing a GP due to cost varied across Medicare Local catchments, ranging from 1% to 13%.1

Percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing a GP due to cost in the preceding 12 months, 2011–12

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.2 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing a GP due to cost in the preceding 12 months within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
1 – 4%
5 – 6%
7%
8 – 9%
10 – 13%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing a GP due to cost in the preceding 12 months within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

1. There was a difference in the population asked this question from 2010–11 to 2011–12 and the results may not be directly comparable.

2. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group.

3. For more information on peer groups and the calculation of peer group results refer to this report’s Technical Supplement.

Note: Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Patient Experience Survey 2011–12.

More information can be found at: www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups3, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Locals to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Locals to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing a GP due to cost in the preceding 12 months
Metro 1 7%
Australian Capital Territory # 801 13%
Inner NW Melbourne # 201 10%
Inner East Melbourne 206 7%
Bayside 202 6%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 6%
Inner West Sydney 102 5%
Eastern Sydney 101 4%
Northern Sydney # 107 3%
Metro 2 7%
Bentley-Armadale 504 10%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 9%
Perth North Metro 502 9%
Gold Coast 303 8%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 8%
South Western Melbourne 203 7%
Eastern Melbourne 207 6%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 6%
Fremantle 503 6%
South Eastern Sydney 103 5%
Central Adelaide & Hills # 402 5%
Metro North Brisbane # 301 5%
Metro 3 5%
South Eastern Melbourne # 208 12%
Northern Melbourne 205 6%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 6%
Northern Adelaide 401 6%
South Western Sydney 104 4%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 4%
Western Sydney # 105 1%
Regional 1 7%
Perth South Coastal # 505 13%
Barwon 210 10%
Hunter 111 9%
Central Coast NSW 109 8%
Sunshine Coast 304 7%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 7%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 6%
Nepean-Blue Mountains # 106 2%
Regional 2 8%
Southern NSW 117 11%
Tasmania # 601 10%
South West WA 506 10%
Goulburn Valley 215 9%
Grampians 211 8%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 7%
Gippsland 217 7%
Country South SA 404 7%
North Coast NSW 113 6%
New England 114 6%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 6%
Murrumbidgee 116 5%
Western NSW 115 4%
Wide Bay # 307 2%
Great South Coast 212 NP
Hume 216 NP
Rural 1 7%
Townsville-Mackay 310 8%
Central Qld 308 6%
Country North SA # 405 3%
Far West NSW 118 NP
Lower Murray 213 NP
Rural 2 10%
Northern Territory 701 13%
Far North Qld 311 10%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Goldfields-Midwest 507 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically significant variation (at the 95% confidence level) from the peer group result.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas.

The 95% confidence interval for this estimate contains the value 0% or 100%. Inference should be made with caution.

NP Not available for publication.

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Year of data: 2011–12

In 2011–12, among all adults who saw or needed to see a dentist, dental hygienist or dental specialist for their own health in the preceding 12 months, the percentage of adults who delayed seeing or did not see one of these dental professionals due to cost varied across Medicare Local catchments, ranging from 11% to 34%.1

Percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing a dentist, hygienist or dental specialist due to cost in the preceding 12 months, 2011–12

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.2 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing a dentist, hygienist or dental specialist due to cost in the preceding 12 months within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
11 – 18%
19%
20 – 23%
24 – 26%
27 – 34%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing a dentist, hygienist or dental specialist due to cost in the preceding 12 months within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

1. There was a difference in the population asked this question from 2010–11 to 2011–12 and the results may not be directly comparable.

2. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group.

3. For more information on peer groups and the calculation of peer group results refer to this report’s Technical Supplement.

Note: Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Patient Experience Survey 2011–12.

More information can be found at: www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups3, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Locals to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Locals to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing a dentist, hygienist or dental specialist due to cost in the preceding 12 months
Metro 1 17%
Inner NW Melbourne # 201 24%
Australian Capital Territory # 801 22%
Bayside 202 20%
Inner West Sydney 102 19%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 15%
Inner East Melbourne 206 14%
Northern Sydney # 107 11%
Eastern Sydney # 101 11%
Metro 2 20%
Greater Metro South Brisbane # 302 26%
Gold Coast 303 24%
Bentley-Armadale 504 22%
Perth North Metro 502 21%
Eastern Melbourne 207 20%
Metro North Brisbane 301 20%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 19%
Fremantle 503 19%
South Eastern Sydney 103 18%
Perth Central & East Metro # 501 17%
Central Adelaide & Hills # 402 11%
South Western Melbourne 203 NP
Metro 3 20%
West Moreton-Oxley # 305 29%
South Eastern Melbourne # 208 28%
Northern Melbourne 205 24%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 20%
Northern Adelaide 401 18%
South Western Sydney 104 18%
Western Sydney # 105 13%
Regional 1 25%
Perth South Coastal # 505 34%
Central Coast NSW 109 28%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 28%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 27%
Barwon 210 26%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 23%
Hunter 111 21%
Sunshine Coast 304 20%
Regional 2 25%
Grampians 211 28%
North Coast NSW 113 27%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 26%
Tasmania 601 26%
South West WA 506 24%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 22%
Gippsland 217 19%
New England 114 NP
Western NSW 115 NP
Murrumbidgee 116 NP
Southern NSW 117 NP
Great South Coast 212 NP
Goulburn Valley 215 NP
Hume 216 NP
Wide Bay 307 NP
Country South SA 404 NP
Rural 1 24%
Central Qld 308 28%
Townsville-Mackay 310 26%
Country North SA # 405 19%
Far West NSW 118 NP
Lower Murray 213 NP
Rural 2 28%
Northern Territory 701 24%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 19%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Far North Qld 311 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically significant variation (at the 95% confidence level) from the peer group result.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas.

NP Not available for publication.

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Year of data: 2011–12

In 2011–12, among all adults who saw or needed to see a medical specialist for their own health in the preceding 12 months, the percentage of adults who delayed seeing or did not see medical specialist due to cost varied across Medicare Local catchments, ranging from 3% to 14%.1

Percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing medical specialist due to cost in the preceding 12 months, 2011–12

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.2 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing a medical specialist due to cost in the preceding 12 months within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
3 – 5%
6 – 7%
8%
9 – 10%
11 – 14%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing a medical specialist due to cost in the preceding 12 months within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

1. There was a difference in the population asked this question from 2010–11 to 2011–12 and the results may not be directly comparable.

2. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group.

3. For more information on peer groups and the calculation of peer group results refer to this report’s Technical Supplement.

Note: Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Patient Experience Survey 2011–12.

More information can be found at: www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups3, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Locals to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Locals to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Percentage of adults who did not see or delayed seeing medical specialist due to cost in the preceding 12 months
Metro 1 9%
Bayside 202 13%
Australian Capital Territory 801 12%
Inner East Melbourne 206 10%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 10%
Inner West Sydney 102 7%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 7%
Northern Sydney 107 6%
Eastern Sydney 101 6%
Metro 2 7%
Gold Coast # 303 14%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 10%
Perth North Metro 502 7%
South Eastern Sydney 103 7%
Metro North Brisbane 301 7%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 6%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 6%
South Western Melbourne 203 6%
Eastern Melbourne 207 5%
Bentley-Armadale 504 5%
Central Adelaide & Hills # 402 4%
Fremantle 503 NP
Metro 3 10%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 14%
Western Sydney 105 12%
South Western Sydney 104 10%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 10%
Northern Melbourne 205 9%
Northern Adelaide 401 8%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb # 204 5%
Regional 1 9%
Sunshine Coast 304 14%
Barwon 210 12%
Hunter 111 10%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 10%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 8%
Central Coast NSW 109 8%
Nepean-Blue Mountains # 106 3%
Perth South Coastal 505 NP
Regional 2 7%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 11%
South West WA 506 10%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 8%
Grampians 211 8%
Tasmania 601 8%
Country South SA 404 7%
Western NSW 115 6%
North Coast NSW 113 6%
Southern NSW 117 5%
New England 114 NP
Murrumbidgee 116 NP
Great South Coast 212 NP
Goulburn Valley 215 NP
Hume 216 NP
Gippsland 217 NP
Wide Bay 307 NP
Rural 1 8%
Central Qld 308 10%
Townsville-Mackay 310 9%
Country North SA # 405 4%
Far West NSW 118 NP
Lower Murray 213 NP
Rural 2 6%
Far North Qld 311 8%
Northern Territory 701 6%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Goldfields-Midwest 507 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically significant variation (at the 95% confidence level) from the peer group result.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas.

The 95% confidence interval for this estimate contains the value 0% or 100%. Inference should be made with caution.

NP Not available for publication.

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Year of data: 2011–12

In 2011–12, among all adults who were written a prescription for medication by a GP for their own health in the preceding 12 months, the percentage of adults who delayed filling or did not fill a prescription due to cost varied across Medicare Local catchments, ranging from 5% to 15%.

Percentage of adults who delayed or avoided filling a prescription due to cost in the preceding 12 months, 2011–12

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who delayed or avoided filling a prescription due to cost in the preceding 12 months within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
5 – 6%
7 – 8%
9%
10%
11 – 15%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of adults who delayed or avoided filling a prescription due to cost in the preceding 12 months within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

1. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group.

2. For more information on peer groups and the calculation of peer group results refer to this report’s Technical Supplement.

Note: Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Patient Experience Survey 2011–12.

More information can be found at: www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Locals to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Locals to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Percentage of adults who delayed or avoided filling a prescription due to cost in the preceding 12 months
Metro 1 8%
Australian Capital Territory # 801 12%
Bayside 202 9%
Inner East Melbourne 206 8%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 8%
Eastern Sydney 101 8%
Northern Sydney 107 7%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 6%
Inner West Sydney 102 6%
Metro 2 10%
Gold Coast # 303 15%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 12%
Metro North Brisbane 301 11%
Perth North Metro 502 10%
Eastern Melbourne 207 9%
Bentley-Armadale 504 9%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 8%
South Western Melbourne 203 8%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 8%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 7%
Fremantle # 503 6%
South Eastern Sydney # 103 5%
Metro 3 10%
Northern Adelaide # 401 13%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 11%
South Western Sydney 104 10%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 9%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 9%
Northern Melbourne 205 8%
Western Sydney 105 8%
Regional 1 10%
Central Coast NSW 109 14%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 12%
Hunter 111 10%
Barwon 210 10%
Perth South Coastal 505 9%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 9%
Sunshine Coast 304 8%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 6%
Regional 2 8%
Goulburn Valley 215 10%
Gippsland 217 10%
Tasmania 601 10%
Southern NSW 117 10%
Great South Coast 212 10%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 8%
Grampians 211 8%
Hume 216 7%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 7%
Wide Bay 307 6%
North Coast NSW 113 6%
New England 114 6%
South West WA 506 6%
Country South SA 404 6%
Western NSW 115 5%
Murrumbidgee 116 NP
Rural 1 11%
Townsville-Mackay 310 11%
Country North SA 405 9%
Far West NSW 118 NP
Lower Murray 213 NP
Central Qld 308 NP
Rural 2 9%
Northern Territory 701 11%
Far North Qld 311 10%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 6%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically significant variation (at the 95% confidence level) from the peer group result.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas.

NP Not available for publication.

More information can be found at www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Year of data: 2011–12

In 2011–12, the percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed varied across Medicare Local catchments, ranging from 49.7% in the Australian Capital Territory to 95.8% in Western Sydney.1, 2

Percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed, 2011–12

Results for Medicare Local catchments were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.3 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
49.7 – 72.5%
72.6 – 75.7%
75.8 – 82.0%
82.1 – 87.4%
87.5 – 95.8%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed within each medicare local catchment in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

1. GP attendances are non-referred Medicare benefits-funded patient/doctor encounters and exclude services provided on the GP’s behalf.

2. Bulk billing is an arrangement in which a doctor bills Medicare directly for any medical or allied health service that the patient receives, and imposes no other "gap payment" on the patient.

3. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group.

4. For more information on peer groups and the calculation of peer group results refer to this report’s Technical Supplement.

Note: MBS statistics exclude services provided free of charge to public patients in hospitals, Department of Veterans’ Affairs beneficiaries, some patients under compensation arrangements, and through other publicly funded programs.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Patient Experience Survey 2011–12.

More information can be found at: www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To compare Medicare Locals more fairly, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups4, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Locals to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Locals to be compared with the average for their peer group.

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed
Metro 1 75.4%
Inner West Sydney 102 91.5%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 80.9%
Eastern Sydney 101 79.2%
Northern Sydney 107 76.7%
Inner East Melbourne 206 74.8%
Bayside 202 68.0%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 67.6%
Australian Capital Territory 801 49.7%
Metro 2 78.4%
South Western Melbourne 203 90.1%
South Eastern Sydney 103 87.3%
Gold Coast 303 85.2%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 81.4%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 80.8%
Eastern Melbourne 207 77.5%
Metro North Brisbane 301 74.4%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 74.2%
Bentley-Armadale 504 72.8%
Perth North Metro 502 72.4%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 69.6%
Fremantle 503 65.5%
Metro 3 91.6%
Western Sydney 105 95.8%
South Western Sydney 104 95.5%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 89.1%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 88.6%
Northern Melbourne 205 88.0%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 87.6%
Northern Adelaide 401 87.4%
Regional 1 82.3%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 92.9%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 88.1%
Sunshine Coast 304 85.3%
Central Coast NSW 109 82.3%
Perth South Coastal 505 82.1%
Hunter 111 77.6%
Barwon 210 74.1%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 72.0%
Regional 2 77.8%
Gippsland 217 84.1%
Western NSW 115 83.2%
Wide Bay 307 83.1%
North Coast NSW 113 82.7%
Grampians 211 82.0%
Goulburn Valley 215 79.8%
Murrumbidgee 116 78.7%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 78.2%
Country South SA 404 75.7%
Great South Coast 212 75.4%
Tasmania 601 74.8%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 74.7%
New England 114 73.6%
South West WA 506 73.3%
Hume 216 67.3%
Southern NSW 117 64.4%
Rural 1 78.0%
Far West NSW 118 90.0%
Lower Murray 213 88.1%
Country North SA 405 82.7%
Central Qld 308 75.9%
Townsville-Mackay 310 73.1%
Rural 2 76.4%
Central & NW Qld 309 82.3%
Far North Qld 311 81.0%
Northern Territory 701 72.1%
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 71.5%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 70.5%

Variation within Medicare Local catchments

Results for some measures have also been reported at geographic areas smaller than Medicare Locals to show variation within Medicare Local catchments where possible. The geographic areas reported are defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3 – see box).

The information presented on the maps shows the percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid.

Bulk billing is an arrangement in which a doctor bills Medicare directly for any medical or allied health service that the patient receives, and imposes no other "gap payment" on the patient. In this arrangement the provider accepts the Medicare benefit as full payment for the service and the patient assigns their right to a Medicare benefit to the service provider, allowing the payment to be paid directly to the payee provider.

GP attendances are Medicare benefits-funded patient/doctor encounters, such as visits and consultations, for which the patient has not been referred by another doctor. GP attendances exclude services provided by practice nurses and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners on a GP's behalf.

Findings

In 2011–12, the percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed varied across statistical areas, ranging from 42.1% to 99.2%.

The statistical area with the lowest percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed was South Canberra (within the Australian Capital Territory Medicare Local), with 42.1%.

The statistical area with the highest percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed was Mount Druitt (NSW) (within the Western Sydney Medicare Local), with 99.2%.

Why report at more local levels?

Providing information at more local levels of geography within a Medicare Local allows further insight into patterns of service use across Australia. Variation within Medicare Locals is shown in this report using a standard level of geography defined by the ABS as Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3).

Why use SA3s?

In this report SA3s have been chosen as an appropriate level of geography to present MBS information as they are large enough in population numbers to ensure confidentiality of MBS statistics, while allowing insights into the variation that may exist within each Medicare Local. A single Medicare Local may contain as few as two SA3s, or as many as 17.

Percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed, 2011–12

Results for Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s) were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into 10 equal-sized groups. The range within each of the 10 groups was:

The following image is a map of Australia showing the percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
42.1 – 62.9%
63.0 – 70.0%
70.1 – 73.3%
73.4 – 77.0%
77.1 – 79.7%
79.8 – 82.1%
82.2 – 85.0%
85.1 – 88.8%
88.9 – 91.7%
91.8 – 99.2%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
ABS Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) boundary
The following are images of maps around major cities showing the percentage of GP attendances bulk-billed across ABS Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s), with Medicare Local boundaries overlaid in 2011–12. Data can be found in the Fair comparisons section.

i. Perth and surrounding areas

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

vii. Hobart and surrounding areas

Notes:

  • MBS statistics exclude services provided free of charge to public patients in hospitals, Department of Veterans’ Affairs beneficiaries, some patients under compensation arrangements, and through other publicly funded programs.
  • Information for the Northern Territory has been presented at the Medicare Local level only, due to the large proportion of persons enrolled with Medicare using a non-geographic postcode.

Source: Department of Human Services Medicare Benefits statistics 2011–12.

More information can be found at: www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au and in this report’s Technical Supplement.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

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