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Use of palliative care medicine services increasing; expenditure up by 80%


Published: 26 May 2016

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 25 May 2016
Over the past 5 years, Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) payments for all palliative medicine specialist services increased by almost 80%.
 
In 2014-15, 13,000 patients received an MBS-subsidised palliative medicine specialist service, with around 71,500 of these services provided nationally at a cost of $5.3 million paid in benefits, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
 
The report, Palliative care services in Australia 2016, shows that palliative care hospitalisations increased by 11% from 55,983 in 2009-10 to 62,164 in 2013-14, but accounted for less than 1 in 100 of all hospitalisations for both public and private hospitals in 2013-14.

See: www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129555250

This Media release also featured in This Week in PHC Issue: 26 May 2016

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