Medicare Statistics: Rolling 12-month Time Series

January 2012 Onwards

Page last updated: 28 February 2020

Public Release of Medicare Statistics:

Rolling 12 Months

Reporting figures on a rolling 12-month basis allows for comparisons of trends between the same periods across years, while still correcting for seasonal variations and the timing of public holidays. Essentially, the new report uses the running total of the values of the last 12 months and highlights any trends in growth, flattening or decline.

The rolling 12-month time series is available by Broad Type of Service by State and Modified Monash. This will facilitate trend monitoring for Medicare services, benefits, the bulk billing rate and average out-of-pocket costs for patient billed services,

The latest rolling 12-month period is 2019 January to December.

2019 12-months January to December

More Medicare Services overall

The volume of total Medicare services in the 2019 12 month period January to December was 432.1 million services compared to 418.0 million services during the same period in 2018. This is an increase of 3.4% in service volumes.

Patients are receiving more Medicare services that are fully subsidised

In the 2019 12 month period January to December, patients received 342.0 million bulk billed Medicare services compared to 330.2 million during the same period in 2018. This represents an additional 11.8 million fully subsidised Medicare services compared to the same period in 2018.

Changes to Medicare Statistics

Medicare statistics are now based on the patient’s geocoded Medicare enrolment address rather than the patient’s enrolment postcode. The availability of geocoded patient information substantially increases the accuracy of Medicare statistics. There may be minor changes to the figures published over the course of the current financial year as geospatial information is updated. National figures will remain unchanged.

For more information view the Changes in MBS Statistics report on the Departments website.


Rolling 12-month Time Series – January December 2012 onwards (Excel 2138 KB)

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