Across Australia, use of non-hospital Medicare-subsidised services, such as GP, allied health, specialist and diagnostic imaging, varies considerably depending on where a patient lives. This variation may reflect differences in patients’ health and health care preferences, population growth and accessibility of services (availability, costs and service options).
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released a new report providing detailed time series data about use of non-hospital Medicare-subsidised services between 2013–14 and 2017–18. Services examined include those provided by GPs, allied health practitioners, medical specialists, nurses and Aboriginal health workers as well as diagnostic imaging services.
- Medicare-subsidised GP, allied health and specialist health care across local areas 2013-14 to 2017-18. AIHW. 26 September 2019