This report describes trends in the use of health services covered by the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS). It provides data on the usage rates of these services as well as the MBS subsidy rate (that is, the proportion of the cost of these services funded through the MBS, as opposed to via patient contributions and other arrangements such as private health insurance).
This report is a companion to the AIHW’s MBS funded services dashboard.
- Cat. no: HWE 92
Australians have been receiving more MBS funded services per person over time
The proportion of fees subsidised through the MBS declined over recent months - after 15 years of relative stability
People in more remote areas tend to use fewer MBS services but have a higher MBS subsidy rate
People in lower socioeconomic areas generally have a higher MBS subsidy rate