Skip to main content

Table 4 Medical Benefit Scheme (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS/RPBS) items to Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health participants by Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and partnership status: Mean (95 % CIs) total MBS costs, MBS claims, PBS/RPBS costs, PBS/RPBS claims and PBS/RPBS scripts presented

From: Does Government subsidy for costs of medical and pharmaceutical services result in higher service utilization by older widowed women in Australia?

  Gold Card holder, widowed ≤ 3 years n = 114 Gold Card holder, widowed > 3 years n = 209 Not DVA, widowed ≤ 3 years n = 136 Not DVA, widowed > 3 years n = 271 p-value
MBS
Total costs ($AU: mean 95 % CIs) 1213 (968,1521) 1070 (904,1268) 1265 (1027,1556) 1166 (1006,1352) 0.64
Claims (number: mean 95 % CIs) 25.4 (21.7,29.6) 21.3 (19.0,24.0) 26.9 (23.3,31.0) 24.0 (21.7,26.6) 0.08
GP visits (number: mean 95 % CIs) 10.6 (9.4,11.9) 9.7 (8.9,10.7) 9.6 (8.6,10.7) 9.1 (8.4,9.8) 0.21
Gap payment (% yes) 9.8 % 4.9 % 81.3 % 76.6 % <0.0001
PBS(RPBS)
Total costs ($AU: mean 95 % CIs) 998 (816, 1220) 1024 (879, 1192) 1020 (845, 1231) 868 (761, 989) 0.33
Claims including repeats (number: mean 95 % CIs) 38.8 (33.5,45.0) 38.7 (34.6,43.3) 38.1 (33.2,43.8) 32.9 (29.9,36.3) 0.10
Scripts presented (number: mean 95 % CIs) 15.3 (13.4,17.4) 15.2 (13.7,16.7) 14.5 (12.8,16.4) 12.2 (11.2,13.3) 0.001
Co-contribution ($AU: mean 95 % CIs) 149 (129, 172) 151 (136, 169) 168 (146, 192) 152 (138, 167) 0.54
  1. All analyses adjusted for age, self-rated health and ability to manage on income.