About the data - Repeat colonoscopy MBS services, all ages
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 outpatient clinics of public hospitals
- 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 repeat colonoscopy per 100,000 people of all ages, age and sex standardised, 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 have more than one service counted.
In the patient count analysis, patient counts reflect the number of unique patients, regardless of the number of services the patient may have received in the year.
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: