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Thursday, 7 February 2013

The Health of Senior Australians and the Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs They Face

The Health of Senior Australians and the Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs They Face by the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre, aims to better understand how the prevalence of chronic conditions is associated with burdensome out-of-pocket health care costs.

To answer this question, researchers from the Australian National University conducted a survey of older Australians living in the community - with unique measures pertaining to the healthcare costs faced by respondents as well as questions about their health and wellbeing and general demographic characteristics. This report shows that although many costs are subsidised through Australia's Medicare arrangements, a sizeable minority of mature age people face considerable out-of-pocket health care costs.

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