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New AIHW Release: Antenatal Care During COVID–19, 2020

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A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) summarises early analysis of antenatal care claims processed by Medicare during January to September 2020, in Australia.

The results show there was a small decrease in the number of antenatal services processed during January to September 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. The number of face-to-face services was around 10% fewer during the first three quarters of 2020 compared to 2019. However, temporary COVID-19 telehealth services mostly made up this gap leaving around 2% reduction in services processed over this period.

Over 1.2 million MBS services for antenatal care were processed by Medicare from January to September 2020.  This included 1.1 million face-to-face services, which was a 10% decrease compared to the same period in 2019. The reduction was mostly offset by an uptake of 91,000 telehealth services. This resulted in an overall reduction of just 2% in antenatal care services.

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