Evaluation of the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and GPs through the Medicare Benefits Schedule initiative: component B: an analysis of Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) administrative data

A detailed analysis of routinely collected MBS and PBS data focusing on access, affordability, and the level and mix of service use and patterns of use of Better Access services. It also includes an examination of the extent to which there have been any changes in PBS medication use.

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Meredith Harris1, Jane Pirkis2, Philip Burgess1, Sarah Olesen3, Bridget Bassilios2, Justine Fletcher2, Grant Blashki4, Anthony Scott5

Acknowledgments

This evaluation was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The authors are grateful for the assistance of Ross Saunders, Chris Wall and Peter Woodley (Medicare Financing and Analysis Branch, Department of Health and Ageing) and Rosemary Smith, Marian Wolski and Andrew Kopras (Pharmaceutical Benefits Division, Department of Health and Ageing) in providing the Medicare Benefits Schedule and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme data used in this evaluation. The authors are also grateful to the Better Access Project Steering Committee for their comments on previous versions of this report.

Footnotes

  1. School of Population Health, The University of Queensland.

  2. Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics, Melbourne School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne.

  3. Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University.

  4. Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne.

  5. Nossal Institute for Global Health, The University of Melbourne.