Annual Medicare Statistics

The Annual Medicare Statistics contains data relating to Medicare for Financial Year 1984-85 onwards

Page last updated: 16 August 2018

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

Change
2016-17 2017-18 in
% Points*
Total GP (excl practice nurse) 85.7 86.1 0.4
Pathology 87.8 88.5 0.7
Diagnostic Imaging 77.4 78.0 0.6
Total Medicare 78.3 78.9 0.6

*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.

    1Adjusted for the number of working days in the period

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    Annual Medicare Statistics – Financial Year 1984-85 to 2017-18 (Excel 1963 KB)