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Report Identifies Out-of-Hospital Services Putting a Financial Strain on Australians

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A new report from the Grattan Institute found many Australians have delayed or declined medical treatment due to the associated cost.

This report identifies which, with specialist fees found to be a major cause of high out-of-pocket payments.

The report revealed that in 2020-21, 400,000 Australians missed or delayed a doctor’s visit at least once, with nearly 600,000 delaying the purchase of prescription medicine due to high costs. The researchers attributed this to Australia’s high out-of-pocket payments when compared to other developed nations, with 28 percent of Australia’s total healthcare spending left to the individual or 7 billion Australian dollars (about 5.2 billion U.S. dollars) a year.

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