Effects of the Medicare enhanced primary care program on primary care physician contact in the population of older Western Australians with chronic diseases
David AJ Gibson, Rachael E Moorin, David B Preen, Jon D Emery, C D'Arcy J Holman
AUSTRALIAN HEALTH REVIEW | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2011
OBJECTIVE: Assess uptake of Medicare's enhanced primary care (EPC) services in Western Australia (WA) in 2001 to 2006, evaluating effect of EPC services on the regularity of contact with general practitioners (GPs) in patients aged 65+ years. METHOD: Whole-population cohort study using linked routinely collected health service data from State and Federal health databases. Analyses include age-standardised rate of EPC services, odds of EPC utilisation relative to other GP services using logistic regression, and total GP service regularity pre- and post-implementation of the EPC program. RESULTS: EPC services provided to WA seniors increased 345% 2001 to 2006, comprising an increasing proporti..View full abstract
This research was funded by a project grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. We thank the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and the WA Department of Health for the provision of the linked records.