Medicare-subsidised services provided in non-hospital settings enable eligible Australians to use a wide range of general practice, diagnostic, allied health, specialist, and nursing and Aboriginal health worker services at no or partial cost. This report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) provides the latest 2018–19 non-hospital Medicare-subsidised service use data, exploring trends in the use of these services.
Use of non-hospital Medicare-subsidised services, such as GP, allied health, specialist, diagnostic imaging, and nursing and Aboriginal health workers, continues to vary considerably depending on where a person lives in Australia. In 2018–19, 88% of Australians saw a GP, an increase from 86% in 2013–14. People living in metropolitan Primary Health Network (PHN) areas were more likely to visit their GP after-hours than people from regional areas, whilst the converse was true for the use of GP services targeting chronic disease and complex care coordination and management.