Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Australian health expenditure by remoteness: a comparison of rural, regional and city health expenditure (AIHW)

Australian health expenditure by remoteness: a comparison of rural, regional and city health expenditure looks at selected health services for the financial years 2001-02, 2004-05 and 2006-07 and examines the way these services were delivered across Australia. This analysis was performed using the Australian Standard Geographical Classification System to compare the expenditure and usage rates of the health services by residents of Major Cities, Inner Regional, Outer Regional, Remote and Very Remote areas of Australia.

The report reveals some clear trends. Use of specialists and GPs is lower in rural areas, while the per person expenditure on allied health professional services is only 8% of that for city residents. The per capita expenditure for hospital admissions conversely increases markedly with the degree of the remoteness of the patient's residence.

While these results are probably readily explainable in terms of the difficulty of access to GPs, allied health practitioners and specialists in many rural and remote areas, the report highlights clear differences in the urban vs rural delivery of health services.

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