Figure 4.6 Relative MBS service level by town, 2010-11
Figure 4.6 shows the relative MBS service provision across each of the seven proposed incentive classes in the modified Monash model:
1. RA1
2. RA2–3 with population over 50,000
3. RA2–3 with population between 15,000 and 50,000
4. RA2–3 with population between 5,000 and 15,000
5. RA2–3 with population under 5,000
6. RA4
7. RA5.
The graph plots the relative MBS service level, where one represents the national average, for each of the seven incentive classes. For category 1 towns, the median relative service level is 0.55, for category 2 towns it is 1.11, for category 3 towns it is 0.81, for category 4 towns it is 0.6, for category 5 towns it is 0.5, for category 6 towns it is 0.44 and for category 7 towns it is 0.18. This demonstrates that median service levels are progressively lower as the incentive class increased from 2 to 7.
Figure 4.6 also includes data on the percentage of towns with GP billing activity across each category. The graph shows the following rates of GP billing activity:
* 64% of category 1 towns;
* 100% of towns in categories 2, 3 and 4;
* 52% of category 5 towns;
* 80% of category 6 towns; and
* 84% of category 7 towns.
Footnote: The proportion of towns with GP billing activity appears to be misleadingly low in RA 1 because there are a number of towns in RA 1 (e.g. Otford, NSW) with very little GP activity within the town itself, but whose population can readily access the nearest major city for GP services.