View / Download pdf version of this article

Prescribers can log-in to MyBpac (or create a free account) to access their individual annual prescribing and laboratory testing report for 2012/2013.

Once you have logged-in, click on “My documents” on the right side of your account dashboard to see your report.

Welcome to your annual practice report

This report has been developed to give you an opportunity to reflect on the treatment received by patients registered at your practice in the past year. It summarises the medicines dispensed and laboratory tests requested for those patients between July 2012 and June 2013.

Quick facts for Sample Practice

Between July 2011 and June 2012

Total cost of subsidised dispensed medicines for your registered patients $305,944.21
Percent of registered patients dispensed at least one medicine 81%
Total number of laboratory tests requested for your registered patients 10,859
Percent of registered patients with at least one test in a community laboratory 57%

Comparing the care received by your patients

How do the medicines dispensed and laboratory tests requested for the registered patients at your practice differ from other New Zealand practices?

To answer this question, the data below have been adjusted to account for the major differences in practice populations: age, sex, ethnicity, deprivation; and for medicines dispensed, therapeutic group to account for morbidity.

This gives the ratio between the medicines and tests your patients received, and what would be expected if there were no differences in the underlying population between them and any other New Zealand practice.

For pharmaceuticals, cost has been adjusted, because this takes into account the number of dispensings, quantity, strength and formulation of medicines. For laboratory tests, number of tests has been adjusted, because laboratories are bulk funded and the actual cost of tests is not readily available.

For more information about indirect standardisation see:

Distribution of practices by actual:expected cost of dispensed medicines

Where does your practice's population fall in the distribution?

Distribution of practices by actual:expected number of laboratory tests

Where does your practice's population fall in the distribution?

Demographics of your registered patients

This section describes the demographic characteristics of the registered population of your practice, compared to the demographics of all registered patients in New Zealand. The data in this section is taken from the fourth quarter 2012 enrolment registers provided to bpacnz by the Ministry of Health.

Number of patients

Patients registered to your practice 1,899
Mean number of registered patients per practice in New Zealand 3,993


Age group

This is based on the recorded date of birth for each patient.

Ethnic group

This is based on the patient’s selfidentified ethnic group. A patient may specify up to three ethnic groups which are then prioritised: if any of the three ethnic groups is Māori or Pacific Peoples, the patient is identified in this group.

Deprivation quintile

Deprivation quintile is a score representing the level of socio-economic deprivation of the area where the person resides. Quintile 1 is the least deprived and quintile 5 is the most deprived. Unspecified deprivation refers to an address that could not be geocoded.

Download / View data sheets

Download full pdf of the report to view all data examples.

Download Full Report »

Appendix - Methods & Notes

The data in this report is based on three of the Ministry of Health's National Collections. The collections used in this report contain data provided to Sector Services (formerly HealthPAC) and National Collections and Reporting through the General Transaction Processing System:

  • The Pharmaceutical Collection holds claim data submitted by pharmacies for all dispensings of subsidised medicines.
  • The Laboratory Claims Collection contains claim data for laboratory tests performed in community laboratories. Laboratory tests performed in hospitals are not included in this collection.
  • The Primary Health Organisation Enrolment Collection holds patient enrolment data for 4.25 million patients registered to 1065 New Zealand general practices.

As our data is provided by the Ministry of Health, bpacnz has no control over errors which may occur at the pharmacy, laboratory, Sector Services or Ministry of Health. Some errors may also be due to rounding.

In this report, cost is the standard price at which a medicine is supplied to wholesalers, exclusive of GST, dispensing fees, markup and rebates.

Data has been excluded for patients who are not registered to a practice in the PHO Enrolment Collection. Enrolled patients accounted for 95% of pharmaceutical dispensings and 96% of laboratory investigations recorded in the National Collections. Therefore data has also been excluded when a National Health Index (NHI) number was not recorded for the patient.

This report includes data on dispensed subsidised medicines. Any medicines prescribed to your patients that were not dispensed by a community pharmacy will not appear on this report.


Important Note

Some medicines dispensed and tests requested for your registered patients are likely to have been prescribed by New Zealand healthcare professionals who do not work at your practice. They are included in this report to provide you with an overall view of the care received by your registered patients, and will not necessarily be listed if you audit your Practice Management System.