Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty funded by the Australian governments Medicare scheme (1995-2007)

N Marshall, Stuart Mackay, Richard Gallagher, Samuel Robinson

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    Objective: To describe the provision, through the Australian state-funded Medicare system, of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) and its laser-assisted variation (LAUP) to the population of Australia between 1995 and 2007. Study Design: Case series using a comprehensive national administrative database. Setting: The Commonwealth of Australia. Subjects and Methods: Subjects comprised the population of Australia. The raw numbers of procedures, reimbursement amounts in Australian dollars, and per capita adjustment nationwide and in each state/territory for UPPP and LAUP for each calendar year from 1995 to 2007 were downloaded from a publicly accessible database run by Medicare. Results: The Australian federal government paid AUD 8.2 million for 19,534 UPPP procedures and AUD 1.1 million for 3270 LAUP procedures in the calendar years 1995 to 2007, inclusive. There is substantive variability between states in provision. Over time, provision of UPPP has declined slightly compared with population growth and overall Medicare provision. LAUP provision has declined markedly. Conclusion: Provision of UPPP under Medicare in Australia has declined slowly relative to population growth and overall growth in Medicare per capita provision. Laser-assisted UPPP (LAUP) has steadily declined and is now rarely used compared with the peak in its provision in the mid 1990s.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S10-S14
    Number of pages5
    JournalOtolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    Issue number3 SUPPL. 1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010


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