How new after-hours corporates fuel Medicare claims

Clever marketing and media campaigns fuel huge surges in urgent after-hours MBS claims when new after-hours corporates open for business, research shows.

Economists have charted the per capita claims for the consults in each Australian state before and after corporates expanded their services.

The University of Tasmania researchers found eye-popping spikes in each state's Medicare payouts for item 597 — worth $129.80 per consult (see graph).

Every jump corresponds with the entrance of an after-hours corporate into the market, says the