Co-claiming of professional consultation and mental health item numbers

Dr L made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health

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From: Dr L


Dear Department of Health,

It appears that the Professional Services Review has targeted GPs who co-bill Mental Health and Professional Attendance medicare item numbers.

I would be very keen if you would respond with the following information for the FY 2018-2019:

- What is the gender split for the *patients* whereby the co-billing have taken place?
e.g. 400 male:500 female
- What is their age group? e.g. 20-25, 25-30, 30-35, 35-40
- What is the MMM or RA classification for the doctors co-claiming these numbers?

Yours faithfully,

Dr L

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Good afternoon Dr L


The Department of Health (department) has accepted the transfer of three
freedom of information (FOI) requests you made under the Freedom of
Information Act 1982 (Cth) to the Professional Services Review, on the
topic of co-claiming professional consultation and mental health item
numbers. The department will also be processing the FOI request below
which you made to the department.


The department is seeking your agreement for it to combine all four FOI
requests into one FOI request as the requests all deal with the same
subject matter.


Could you please advise the department whether you agree to this proposal
by COB Thursday 20 February 2020?


Kind regards




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From: Dr L


Dear FOI,

Thank you for your response.

It's absolutely fine to combine all requests into one.

From my understanding it should not be too onerous to gather the desired information via a Medicare database query.

Yours sincerely,

Dr L

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