Technical information

Description of non-hospital Medicare-subsidised services

This release provides information on non-hospital Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) service items up to 30 June 2019, which precedes the introduction of new MBS items in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this report, non-hospital Medicare-subsidised services refers to services provided in non-inpatient settings. This excludes services delivered to patients admitted to hospital at the time of receiving the service or where the care was provided as part of an episode of hospital-substitute treatment where the patient received a benefit from a private health insurer. While services provided in-hospital are excluded, the data do include services provided in places like private outpatient clinics (which may or may not be located within the grounds of a hospital).

For detailed information on the reported services and MBS items, see the Australian Government Department of Health: www.mbsonline.gov.au.