Annual Medicare Statistics

The Annual Medicare Statistics contains data relating to Medicare for Financial Year 1984-85 onwards

Page last updated: 18 September 2020

Commencing 13 March 2020, new temporary MBS telehealth items have been made available to help reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19 and provide protection for patients and health care providers.

These temporary items have played a critical role in the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19. They have allowed patients to access essential health care while minimising the risk of community transmission of the virus.

The use of COVID-19 MBS telehealth items by Broad Type of Service is available from
COVID-19 MBS telehealth items by Broad Type of Service (Excel 16 KB).

For more information please see MBS COVID-19 items.

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.

Modified Monash categories replace Remoteness Area in recognition that more Health programs are transitioning to MMM from 1 January 2020.

Medicare statistics were revised from 2009-10 onwards for the Annual report. Historical Medicare statistics prior to 2009-10 remain unchanged as geospatial information and Modified Monash statistics are not available for the entire time series.

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


The Department of Health has made every effort to ensure that the Microsoft Excel version of the above documents meets accessibility requirements. If you are experiencing difficulty accessing the information contained within this document, please email to arrange for an alternative format to be provided to you.