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Analyses of longitudinal data to investigate populations using MBS after-hours services


There has been rapid growth in the use of Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) urgent after-hours items for several years. Data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) and the MBS will be used to examine the characteristics of populations using MBS after-hours items and any changes in these characteristics since the 2010-11 financial year. Knowing the users of these services will inform policy and help ensure that the needs of these groups are being met in the most appropriate and cost effective way.