Table 1

Specialty-specific baseline data

SpecialtyRecords (n)Total Medicare payment (US$)Portion of total Medicare payment (%)Total beneficiaries seen (n)Portion of beneficiaries seen (%)Providers (n)Male (%)Female (%)
All3 549 86228 263 199 739.28100.0274 669 868100.0245 65169.830.2
Cardiology535 3594 965 536 980.2017.655 308 66020.122 15089.410.6
Endocrinology52 126387 291 151.121.45 244 8481.9478656.943.1
Critical care19 196208 382 904.460.71 235 7390.4216379.420.6
Family practice970 8734 372 944 047.9015.563 021 58722.977 45264.935.1
Gastroenterology172 7081 344 335 879.104.810 876 7594.011 99186.613.4
Haematology/oncology182 0342 703 879 368.909.611 607 5554.2734872.028.0
Infectious disease36 701523 363 211.331.93 132 1461.1476264.135.9
Internal medicine1 197 4658 736 311 072.3030.995 001 59734.691 33666.034.0
Nephrology107 8061 685 606 837.306.08 094 5562.9748377.222.8
Haematology9631127 615 053.230.5542 4080.268270.329.7
Medical oncology55 014806 637 769.542.93 445 2501.3259871.928.1
Rheumatology69 4021 044 462 027.403.75 670 7522.1406562.337.7
Pulmonary141 5471 356 833 436.504.811 488 0114.2883583.816.2