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Definition

Proportion of people who required treatment but deferred that treatment due to cost, by type of health service

Indicator Summary

Numerator

(a) Number of persons who reported delaying or not seeing a GP in the last 12 months because of cost.

(b) Number of persons who reported delaying or not seeing a medical specialist in the last 12 months because of cost.

(c) Number of persons who reported delaying or not getting a prescription filled for medication in the last 12 months because of cost.

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Denominator

(a) Total Australian population aged 15 years and over.

(b) Total number of persons aged 15 years and over who received a written referral to a specialist by a GP in the last 12 months.

(c) Total number of persons aged 15 years and over who received a prescription for medication from a GP in the last 12 months.

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Computation

Population is limited to persons aged 15 years and over.

Analysis by remoteness and SEIFA Indicator of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as a percentage.

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Disaggregation

2009—State and Territory, by type of treatment (GP, medical specialist, prescribed medication)

2009—Nationally by type of treatment (GP, medical specialist, prescribed medication), by:

  • remoteness
  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles.
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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

Population is limited to persons aged 15 years and over.

Analysis by remoteness and SEIFA Indicator of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as a percentage.

Numerators

(a) Number of persons who reported delaying or not seeing a GP in the last 12 months because of cost.

(b) Number of persons who reported delaying or not seeing a medical specialist in the last 12 months because of cost.

(c) Number of persons who reported delaying or not getting a prescription filled for medication in the last 12 months because of cost.

Denominators

(a) Total Australian population aged 15 years and over.

(b) Total number of persons aged 15 years and over who received a written referral to a specialist by a GP in the last 12 months.

(c) Total number of persons aged 15 years and over who received a prescription for medication from a GP in the last 12 months.

Disaggregation

2009—State and Territory, by type of treatment (GP, medical specialist, prescribed medication)

2009—Nationally by type of treatment (GP, medical specialist, prescribed medication), by:

  • remoteness
  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles.

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