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Intention to claim a Medicare rebate among women receiving private Victorian pregnancy termination service

Nickson, Carolyn, Smith, Anthony M. A. and Shelley, J.M. 2004, Intention to claim a Medicare rebate among women receiving private Victorian pregnancy termination service, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 120-123, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2004.tb00923.x.

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Title Intention to claim a Medicare rebate among women receiving private Victorian pregnancy termination service
Author(s) Nickson, Carolyn
Smith, Anthony M. A.
Shelley, J.M.
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Start page 120
End page 123
Total pages 4
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1326-0200
Summary Objectives: To determine the proportion of women who have pregnancy terminations as private patients in Victoria who do not intend to claim a procedure fee rebate from Medicare, to compare characteristics of women who intend to submit a Medicare claim with those who do not and to compare the findings to the results from a similar study conducted in NSW in 1992.

Design, setting and participants: This was a cross-sectional observational study over a 12-week period. Women having a pregnancy termination service in eight large Victorian private clinics were invited to complete a brief written questionnaire.

Outcome measurer: The proportion of women who did not have a Medicare card or who had a Medicare card but did not intend to use it to claim from Medicare.

Results: Of the 1,329 women who responded, 13.1% either did not have a Medicare card or did not intend to use their card to claim a Medicare rebate. A further 20.7% of respondents were not sure about whether they would submit a claim. Women who intended to claim a Medicare rebate were different from women who did not according to age, language spoken at home, residency, citizenship and distance travelled to the service. These results are very similar to the findings from the 1992 NSW study.

Conclusion: Between 13.1% and 33.8% of private Victorian pregnancy terminations were estimated to not be recorded at the Health Insurance Commission. Health Insurance Commission records of Medicare rebate claims for pregnancy terminations are an incomplete and somewhat biased record of the services that are provided and are likely to have been so for some time.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2004.tb00923.x
Field of Research 111709 Health Care Administration
140208 Health Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30028201

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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