5.3 Repeat gastroscopy MBS services, all ages

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

At a glance

  • Few people who have an initial gastroscopy require another within 3 years
  • Repeat gastroscopy is used mainly to monitor conditions that can increase the risk of upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancer or bleeding in high risk groups
  • After standardising to remove age and sex differences between populations, the rate of Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)-subsidised services for repeat gastroscopy performed within 2 years and 10 months of an earlier gastroscopy in 2018–19 was almost 15 times as high in the area with the highest rate compared with the area with the lowest rate
  • The development and application of national guidance on the appropriate use of gastroscopy are priorities
  • Interventions to educate consumers about the low risk of upper GI cancer for most people, and particularly for people aged under 55 years, are needed.

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

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Rates by remoteness and SES

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About the data

About the data  - Repeat 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 outpatient clinics of public hospitals
  • Services covered under Department of Veterans’ Affairs arrangements.

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

Rates are based on the number of MBS-subsidised services for repeat gastroscopy 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 received the service more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

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:

2021
Publication, report or update

Map of rates across Australia

Rates by local area

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

Rates by state and territory

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

Rates by remoteness and SES

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

About the data

About the data  - Repeat 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 outpatient clinics of public hospitals
  • Services covered under Department of Veterans’ Affairs arrangements.

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

Rates are based on the number of MBS-subsidised services for repeat gastroscopy 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 received the service more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

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:

2021
Publication, report or update

Rates by remoteness

Rates by socioeconomic status

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

Rates by state and territory

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

About the data

About the data  - Repeat 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 outpatient clinics of public hospitals
  • Services covered under Department of Veterans’ Affairs arrangements.

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

Rates are based on the number of MBS-subsidised services for repeat gastroscopy 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 received the service more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

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:

2021
Publication, report or update

Rates by remoteness

Rates by socioeconomic status

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

Rates by state and territory

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

About the data

About the data  - Repeat 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 outpatient clinics of public hospitals
  • Services covered under Department of Veterans’ Affairs arrangements.

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

Rates are based on the number of MBS-subsidised services for repeat gastroscopy 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 received the service more than once in the financial year will be counted more than once.

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:

2021
Publication, report or update

Data

Download the data sheet for Repeat gastroscopy MBS services:

 

Technical Supplement

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2021
Publication, report or update

Data

Download the data sheet for Repeat gastroscopy MBS services:

 

Technical Supplement

Download the Technical Supplement: 

2021
Publication, report or update