This report presents data up to the first quarter of 2021 (January to March) and represents an update of the MBS and PBS data originally published in December 2020.

The following data visualisations show the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated measures on the MBS and PBS service use since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 compared with periods in the previous years. The visualisations display the:

  • Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) by presenting the number of MBS services and Government benefits paid, and
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) by presenting the number of prescriptions dispensed and Government benefits paid.

COVID-19 related events that may have impacted on service use over the period March 2020 to March 2021, include:

  • March 2020 – national lockdown introduced
  • June 2020 – second wave of COVID-19 cases in Victoria
  • December 2020 – outbreak of cases in Sydney’s Northern Beaches   
  • January to March 2021 – brief snap lockdowns in some states and territories.    

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