Medicare Statistics

Requested PBS & RPBS Items processed from January 2001 to March 2023


  PBS RPBS Total
General - Ordinary
General - Safety Net
Concessional - Ordinary
Concessional - Free
Safety Net
RPBS - Ordinary
RPBS - Safety Net
Services Services Services Services Services Services Services
Item Calendar Year 2 320 10,127 776 14 7 11,246
8516F 2001
2002 7 1,017 44,274 2,671 98 70 48,137
2003 7 1,094 50,383 2,647 84 60 54,275
2004 5 1,084 51,743 2,800 122 66 55,820
2005 1 975 47,763 2,565 108 75 51,487
2006 0 791 45,072 2,160 97 42 48,162
2007 0 600 45,398 2,247 96 42 48,383
2008 3 584 47,652 2,145 98 30 50,512
2009 3 554 54,911 2,486 86 19 58,059
2010 58 537 59,211 2,573 71 36 62,486
2011 258 497 61,793 2,625 55 16 65,244
2012 523 615 65,795 2,995 62 13 70,003
2013 689 418 59,388 2,459 43 19 63,016
2014 978 557 78,040 3,710 71 19 83,375
2015 1,417 614 85,036 4,905 58 17 92,047
2016 1,640 405 79,591 3,384 34 24 85,078
2017 1,882 309 78,719 3,475 35 10 84,430
2018 2,106 276 74,635 3,271 37 5 80,330
2019 2,542 319 76,002 3,317 29 6 82,215
2020 2,710 313 72,989 3,700 34 4 79,750
2021 2,979 300 68,964 3,439 26 14 75,722
2022 3,838 392 76,641 4,972 21 12 85,876
2023 768 94 14,473 731 5 2 16,073
Total 22,416 12,665 1,348,600 66,053 1,384 608 1,451,726


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  • The figures reported relate to the value (benefit) or volume (services) of PBS and RPBS services that have been processed by Services Australia. They refer only to paid services processed from claims presented by approved pharmacies. They do not include any adjustments made against pharmacists' claims, any manually paid claims or any benefits paid as a result of retrospective entitlement or refund of patient contributions.
  • State/Territory is determined according to the address of the pharmacy supplying the item.
  • Month is determined by the date the service was processed by Services Australia, not the date of prescribing or the date of supply by the pharmacy.
  • Monthly figures may vary due to the varying number of processing days in a month, which depends on the number of days in the month, public holidays, overtime worked etc.
  • A financial year is 1 July to 30 June.
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Last updated: 22 May 2024

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