5.1 Gastroscopy MBS services, 18-54 years

Gastroscopy is used to investigate, treat or monitor some gastrointestinal conditions. Find out about variation in gastroscopy services in the Fourth Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation 2021.

At a glance

  • Gastroscopy is used to investigate, treat or monitor conditions of the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract
  • Most conditions that affect the upper GI tract and require gastroscopy are uncommon in people aged under 55 years
  • After standardising to remove age and sex differences between populations, the rate of Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)-subsidised services for gastroscopy for people aged 18–54 years in 2018–19, was almost 11 times higher in the local area with the highest rate than in the area with the lowest rate
  • Development and application of national guidance on gastroscopy is a priority.

Interactive maps, graphs and data

Data show variation in rates by geographic location of patient residence. To use the interactive maps and graphs:

  • Hover or click on maps and graphs for details of data points
  • Use the dropdown boxes at the bottom of graphs to select states and territories, SA3s or PHNs

Learn more about using the interactive Atlas or how to interpret the data.

Map of rates across Australia

Rates by local area

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Rates by state and territory

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/SOP_Gastroscopy_MBS/Stateandterritory?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1

Rates by remoteness and SES

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/SOP_Gastroscopy_MBS/RemotenessandSES?:iid=1&:embed=y#1

About the data

About the data  - Gastroscopy MBS services, 18-54 years

Data are sourced from the MBS dataset. This dataset   includes information on MBS claims processed by Services Australia. It covers a wide range of services (attendances, procedures, tests) provided across primary care and hospital settings.

The dataset does not include:

  • Services for publicly funded patients in hospital
  • Services for patients in public outpatient clinics
  • Services covered under Department of Veterans’   Affairs arrangements.

The dataset does not allow analysis by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status.

Rates are based on the number of MBS-subsidised services for gastroscopy per 100,000 people aged 18–54 years in 2018–19.

Because a record is included for each service rather than for each patient, patients who receive the service more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the patient’s postcode recorded in their Medicare file and not the  location of the service.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age and sex structures.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

Map of rates across Australia

Rates by local area

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Histogram_gastroscopy_MBS/Histogram?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1

Rates by state and territory

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/SOP_Gastroscopy_MBS/Stateandterritory?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1

Rates by remoteness and SES

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/SOP_Gastroscopy_MBS/RemotenessandSES?:iid=1&:embed=y#1

About the data

About the data  - Gastroscopy MBS services, 18-54 years

Data are sourced from the MBS dataset. This dataset   includes information on MBS claims processed by Services Australia. It covers a wide range of services (attendances, procedures, tests) provided across primary care and hospital settings.

The dataset does not include:

  • Services for publicly funded patients in hospital
  • Services for patients in public outpatient clinics
  • Services covered under Department of Veterans’   Affairs arrangements.

The dataset does not allow analysis by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status.

Rates are based on the number of MBS-subsidised services for gastroscopy per 100,000 people aged 18–54 years in 2018–19.

Because a record is included for each service rather than for each patient, patients who receive the service more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the patient’s postcode recorded in their Medicare file and not the  location of the service.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age and sex structures.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

Rates by remoteness

Rates by socioeconomic status

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Gastroscopyadditionalgraphs/Ratesbysocioeconomicstatus?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#2

Rates by sex

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Gastroscopyadditionalgraphs/Ratesbysex?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1

Rates with same day colonoscopy

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Gastroscopyadditionalgraphs/Gastroscopyandcolonoscopy?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#3

About the data

About the data  - Gastroscopy MBS services, 18-54 years

Data are sourced from the MBS dataset. This dataset   includes information on MBS claims processed by Services Australia. It covers a wide range of services (attendances, procedures, tests) provided across primary care and hospital settings.

The dataset does not include:

  • Services for publicly funded patients in hospital
  • Services for patients in public outpatient clinics
  • Services covered under Department of Veterans’   Affairs arrangements.

The dataset does not allow analysis by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status.

Rates are based on the number of MBS-subsidised services for gastroscopy per 100,000 people aged 18–54 years in 2018–19.

Because a record is included for each service rather than for each patient, patients who receive the service more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the patient’s postcode recorded in their Medicare file and not the  location of the service.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age and sex structures.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

Rates by remoteness

Rates by socioeconomic status

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Gastroscopyadditionalgraphs/Ratesbysocioeconomicstatus?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#2

Rates by sex

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Gastroscopyadditionalgraphs/Ratesbysex?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#1

Rates with same day colonoscopy

//viz.aihw.gov.au/t/Public/views/Gastroscopyadditionalgraphs/Gastroscopyandcolonoscopy?%3Aiid=1&%3Aembed=y#3

About the data

About the data  - Gastroscopy MBS services, 18-54 years

Data are sourced from the MBS dataset. This dataset   includes information on MBS claims processed by Services Australia. It covers a wide range of services (attendances, procedures, tests) provided across primary care and hospital settings.

The dataset does not include:

  • Services for publicly funded patients in hospital
  • Services for patients in public outpatient clinics
  • Services covered under Department of Veterans’   Affairs arrangements.

The dataset does not allow analysis by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status.

Rates are based on the number of MBS-subsidised services for gastroscopy per 100,000 people aged 18–54 years in 2018–19.

Because a record is included for each service rather than for each patient, patients who receive the service more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

The analysis and maps are based on the patient’s postcode recorded in their Medicare file and not the  location of the service.

Rates are age and sex standardised to allow comparisons between populations with different age and sex structures.

 

About the Atlas and how to interpret the data visualisations

This document outlines how to interpret the data correctly and explains the limitations of the data prior to using the Atlas:

2021
Publication, report or update

Data

Download the data sheet for gastroscopy hospitalisations, 18-54 years: 

Technical Supplement

Download the Technical Supplement: 

2021
Publication, report or update

Data

Download the data sheet for gastroscopy hospitalisations, 18-54 years: 

Technical Supplement

Download the Technical Supplement: 

2021
Publication, report or update