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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 seeing a dental practitioner in the last 12 months because of cost.

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

(e) Number of persons who reported delaying or not getting pathology or imaging tests in the last 12 months because of cost.

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Denominator

(a) Total number of persons who saw a GP or needed to see a GP but didn’t in the last 12 months.

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

(c) Total number of persons who saw a dental practitioner or who needed to see a dental practitioner but didn’t in the last 12 months.

(d) Total number of persons who received a prescription for medication from a GP in the last 12 months.

(e) Total number of persons who had a pathology or imaging test or who needed a pathology or imaging test but didn’t get one in the last 12 months

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Computation

Population is limited to persons aged 15 years and over.

Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as a percentage.

95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors calculated for rates.

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Disaggregation

2011-12—State and Territory, by type of healthcare (GP, medical specialist, dental care, prescribed medication, pathology or imaging tests), by:

  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)

2011-12—Nationally by type of healthcare (GP, medical specialist, dental care, prescribed medication, pathology or imaging tests), by:

  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

Population is limited to persons aged 15 years and over.

Rates directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as a percentage.

95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors calculated for rates.

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 seeing a dental practitioner in the last 12 months because of cost.

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

(e) Number of persons who reported delaying or not getting pathology or imaging tests in the last 12 months because of cost.

Denominators

(a) Total number of persons who saw a GP or needed to see a GP but didn’t in the last 12 months.

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

(c) Total number of persons who saw a dental practitioner or who needed to see a dental practitioner but didn’t in the last 12 months.

(d) Total number of persons who received a prescription for medication from a GP in the last 12 months.

(e) Total number of persons who had a pathology or imaging test or who needed a pathology or imaging test but didn’t get one in the last 12 months

Disaggregation

2011-12—State and Territory, by type of healthcare (GP, medical specialist, dental care, prescribed medication, pathology or imaging tests), by:

  • remoteness (Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Structure)

2011-12—Nationally by type of healthcare (GP, medical specialist, dental care, prescribed medication, pathology or imaging tests), by:

  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) deciles

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

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