In 2020–21, spending on referred medical services increased in real terms by 10.0%, after experiencing no growth in 2019–20. Spending by the Australian Government increased by 9.7% ($1.6 billion) while non-government entities increased by 11.0% ($0.6 billion) in 2020–21.
Over the decade, referred medical expenses increased by an average of 4.0% each year. This was as a result of 3.9% average annual growth by the Australian Government and 4.3% by non-government funding.
Note that when the full in-hospital MBS spending has been allocated to public and private hospital areas in future reports, the spending on referred medical services will be potentially reduced to $20.7 billion (for Australian Government, Private health insurance providers, and Individuals). More details are available in MBS in hospitals in the Australian Government spending section.