Table 1

Demographic factors affecting Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) acupuncture claims for MBS item numbers 173, 193, 195, 197 and 199 between January 2010 and December 2011

N (%)OR (95% CI)
Sex (n=1086623)
 Male345854 (31.8)1.00
 Female740769 (68.2)1.82 (1.75 to 1.92)*
Age (n=1086623)
 0–42595 (0.2)0.07 (0.05 to 0.11)*
 5–1410229 (0.9)0.30 (0.25 to 0.37)*
 15–2426924 (2.5)0.58 (0.50 to 0.68)*
 25–3460460 (5.6)1.00
 35–44120655 (11.1)1.82 (1.65 to 2.00)*
 45–54204771 (18.8)2.69 (2.45 to 2.95)*
 55–64252545 (23.2)3.08 (2.81 to 3.36)*
 65–74226085 (20.8)3.00 (2.74 to 3.28)*
 75–84154483 (14.2)2.52 (2.29 to 2.77)*
 Over 8527876 (2.6)1.20 (1.04 to 1.38)*
Socioeconomic (IRSD)† (n=924215)
 1st quintile105360 (11.4)0.98 (0.84 to 1.13)
 2nd quintile103513 (11.2)0.90 (0.77 to 1.04)
 3rd quintile153420 (16.6)1.00
 4th quintile249538 (27.0)1.34 (1.18 to 1.51)*
 5th quintile312384 (33.8)1.47 (1.31 to 1.66)*
Rurality (n=924215)†
 Urban division842585 (91.2)1.00
 Rural division81630 (8.8)0.45 (0.34 to 0.60)*
  • *p<0.001.

  • †Data are based on practice location in which the procedure was performed, not on the local residence of the patient.

  • IRSD, Index of Relative Social Disadvantage.