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Did General Practice Health Assessments of Older Australians improve Equity?


Gill, GF and Geraghty, DP and FitzGerald, DG, Did General Practice Health Assessments of Older Australians improve Equity?, Australian Health Review, 32, (3) pp. 488-493. ISSN 0156-5788 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/AH080488


Objective: To examine if claims for general practice health assessments of older persons in Australia over the period 1 November 1999 to 30 September 2002 were equitably distributed. Design: Closed cohort study with data analysis using logistic regression. Setting: Private general practice in Australia. Participants: All Australians aged 75 or more years at 1 October 1999, who were eligible to claim for a health assessment. Measures studied: Medicare and Department of Veterans' Affairs (OVA) medical claims data, and personal characteristics of claimants: age, sex, OVA beneficiary status, rurality and socio-economic status of postcode of residence. Rurality was classified by the Rural Remote and Metropolitan Area Classification (RRMA) and socio-economic status by the Index of Relative Socio-economic Deprivation (IRSD) for the postcode. Results: The cohort initially contained 886 185 subjects. Over the 35 months, 271 939 individuals (31%) claimed at least one health assessment. Those most likely to have claimed for a health assessment were aged 80 to 84 years, female, entitled to treatment under OVAarrangements, lived in postcodes classified as RRMA 1-4 and classified as the most disadvantaged IRSD quartile.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Gill, GF (Dr Gerard Gill)
UTAS Author:Geraghty, DP (Professor Dominic Geraghty)
UTAS Author:FitzGerald, DG (Dr Des FitzGerald)
ID Code:49559
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2008-08-01
Last Modified:2009-07-31

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