Statistics under Medicare

The Medicare Statistics contain data relating to Medicare from September quarter 1984 onwards and financial year 1984-85 onwards

Page last updated: 28 February 2020

Changes in Reporting Medicare Statistics

  1. The geographic location of the patient is determined using the patient’s geocoded Medicare enrolment address.
  2. Modified Monash Model (MMM) replaces ASGS Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA). The MMM classifies metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas according to geographical remoteness, as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and town size.

Revising Medicare statistics from 2009-10 onwards

Medicare statistics were revised from September quarter 2009 onwards for the Quarterly Report and from 2009-10 onwards for the Annual report. Historical Medicare statistics prior to September 2009 remain unchanged as geospatial information and Modified Monash statistics are not available for the entire time series.

For more information view the Changes in MBS Statistics report below.

PDF version: Changes in MBS Statistics report (PDF 186 KB)
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Quarterly Medicare Statistics:

Annual Medicare Statistics:

New Report: Rolling 12-month Time Series April 2009 to March 2010 onwards

Reporting figures on a rolling 12-month basis allows for comparisons of trends between the same periods across years, while still correcting for seasonal variations and the timing of public holidays. Essentially, the new report uses the running total of the values of the last 12 months and highlights any trends in growth, flattening or decline.

The rolling 12-month time series is available by Broad Type of Service by State and Modified Monash. This will facilitate trend monitoring for Medicare services, benefits, the bulk billing rate and average out-of-pocket costs for patient billed services.