Use of non-hospital Medicare-subsidised services, such as GP, allied health, specialist, diagnostic imaging, and nursing and Aboriginal health workers, varies depending on where a person lives in Australia. Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows in 2020–21, people living in metropolitan Primary Health Network (PHN) areas were less likely to visit their GP than people from regional areas. However, on average, those people in metropolitan PHN areas who did see a GP received more services. This trend was similar for both men and women.
- AIHW: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/primary-health-care/medicare-subsidised-health-local-areas-2020-21/contents/about