Variation in levels of uptake of enhanced primary care item numbers between rural and urban settings, November 1999 to October 2001

David Wilkinson*, Heather McElroy, Justin Beilby, Kathy Mott, Kay Price, Sue Morey, John Best

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Abstract

We aimed to report on variation in levels of uptake of enhanced primary care item numbers between rural and urban Divisions of General Practice between November 1999 and October 2001. Most providers of EPC services and most services (close to 70%) are located in capital cities and other metropolitan centres. The average number of health assessments done per provider was slightly lower (8-14) in remote than urban and rural (20-30) areas. A similar pattern was observed for care plans, but rates of case conferences were similar in rural and urban areas. However, adjusted for population aged 75 years and over, in all jurisdictions except South Australia, between 30% and 144% more health assessments were done per full time equivalent general practitioner (FTE GP) in rural divisions. For rural and urban Divisions of General Practice, there is a wide range in the rate of services provided, between and within Divisions. However, overall, more services are provided per FTE GP in rural Divisions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Volume25
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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