Australian Bureau of Statistics
4704.0 - The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/04/2008
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PROVISION OF HEALTH SERVICES
On a per person basis, average expenditure on health goods and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was $4,718 - some 17% higher than the expenditure for non-Indigenous people ($4,019). Considering the high level of morbidity among Indigenous Australians, and mortality rates that are more than twice those for other Australians, these figures suggest that expenditures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were not sufficient to match needs (AHMAC 2006).
In 2004-05, average expenditure on services for Indigenous people was greater than that for non-Indigenous Australians in a number of program areas. These included community health services (where average expenditure on Indigenous people was 6.6 times higher than for non-Indigenous people), patient transport (over 3.1 times higher) and public health, including prevention of hazardous and harmful drug use, cancer screening and environmental health (2.7 times higher) (table 10.1).
In contrast, average expenditure on some goods and services provided outside public hospitals was lower for Indigenous Australians than for non-Indigenous Australians. For example, average expenditures on high level residential care, medical services, medications, and dental and other health practitioners were less than half of that for non-Indigenous Australians.
Over the nine years to 2004-05, expenditure on health services on a per person basis for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has been between 14% and 20% higher than for other Australians (AIHW 2008a). A number of factors should be noted when reviewing changes over time, including that the methodology for developing estimates has changed. Thus, caution should be exercised when interpreting changes in expenditures over time.
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