Covid-19 and Population Growth in Australia: insights from data on oral glucose tolerance tests

Data: Medicare Statistics - MBS Item: 66548

You can access data on Medicare service items and groups here: Link

Key things to consider according to Medicare are:

  • State/Territory is determined according to the address (at the time of claiming) of the patient to whom the service was rendered.
  • Month is determined by the date the service was processed by Services Australia, not the date the service was provided.
  • 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.

I have used data on Service Item 66548 which is: Oral glucose tolerance test in pregnancy for the diagnosis of gestational diabetes and you can see the item on Medicare website here: Link