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Table 2 Estimates of MBS and PBS costs in 2013–2015 according to physical activity indicators from 2001 to 2013 in mid-age Australian women (N = 6953)

From: Twelve year trajectories of physical activity and health costs in mid-age Australian women

     Health Costs (AUD) 2013-2015a
Physical activity     MBS b PBS c
N %   Median (25th -75th) Median (25th -75th)
2001 (50–55 years)
 None 1047 15.1   4355 (2204; 7774) 1851 (678; 4000)
 Low 2341 33.6   3726 (1895; 6936) 1321 (323; 2955)
 Moderate 1575 22.7   3660 (1787; 6675) 1034 (285; 2461)
 High 1990 28.6   3737 (1734; 6934) 1026 (212; 2500)
2007 (56–61 years)
 None 945 13.6   4355 (2071; 7816) 1991 (717; 4351)
 Low 1547 22.3   3697 (1862; 6948) 1306 (325; 2985)
 Moderate 1670 24.0   3741 (1976; 6688) 1264 (328; 2697)
 High 2791 40.1   3689 (1722; 6880) 999 (221; 2424)
2013 (62–67 years)      
 None 1135 16.3   4989 (2534; 9217) 2093 (848; 4729)
 Low 1448 20.8   3895 (2030; 7134) 1493 (443; 3110)
 Moderate 1468 21.2   3562 (1830; 6632) 1055 (240; 2556)
 High 2902 41.7   3444 (1646; 6441) 947 (205; 2262)
Trajectories of PA
 Always inactive 1092 15.7   4261 (1991; 7623) 1850 (647; 4052)
 Always active 2233 32.1   3448 (1677; 6350) 818 (177; 2066)
 Increasers 1702 24.4   3508 (1765; 6661) 1183 (300; 2646)
 Decreasers 897 13.0   4542 (2226; 8219) 1692 (538; 3456)
 Fluctuaters 1029 14.8   4170 (2089; 7328) 1460 (367; 3224)
Number of surveys as active
 0 1092 15.8   4261 (1991; 7623) 1850 (647; 7458)
 1 1559 22.4   4098 (2225; 7644) 1569 (468; 3358)
 2 2069 29.7   3823 (1761; 6937) 1216 (315; 2768)
 3 2233 32.1   3448 (1677; 6350) 818 (177; 2066)
  1. a AUD: Health costs over three years in Australian Dollars (2013–2015)
  2. b MBS: Medical Benefits Scheme
  3. c PBS: Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme