The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data collection contains information on services that qualify for a benefit under the Health Insurance Act 1973 and for which a claim has been processed. The database comprises information about MBS claims (including benefits paid), patients and service providers.

AIHW currently holds MBS claims data processed between 1 April 2010 and 30 June 2015.

The Department of Health has issued a Public Interest Certificate approving AIHW access to MBS claims data for research and statistical purposes.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 April 2010 to 30 June 2015

Geographical coverage


Data availability

  • Publications;
  • Summary tables published in electronic form;
  • Statistics;
  • Unit records and client specified tables are not available;
  • Restrictions and limitations govern the availability or use of data in this holding.
  • Client specified tables are undertaken by the Department of Human Services (to make an enquiry contact [email protected]).
  • Please note, the AIHW linkage service can link MBS data with different datasets, such as the National Death Index.

Data scope

MBS claims data are an administrative by-product of the Department of Human Services administration of the Medicare fee-for-service payment system.

MBS services are available to all Australian residents who hold a current Medicare card and overseas visitors from countries with which Australia has a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA).


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Not specifically available for this data collection, however, the metadata prepared for the 2013-14 extract provided to states and territories may be useful to users of the data:

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) state/territory data extract 2013-14

External links and information 

MBS online website (Department of Health)

[email protected]