COORDINATION OF CARE
Around a quarter of Australians aged 15 years or more had seen three or more health professionals for a single condition in the past 12 months (24% or 4.2 million people). These conditions may have been chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer, or pregnancies or injuries that required coordinated care for a shorter time.
Women aged 25-54 were more likely than men of the same age to have seen three or more health professionals for a single condition, however rates were not significantly different for men and women after the age of 55 (see Table 1.2 for more detail).
Chapter 5 discusses whether there were any issues caused by a lack of coordination between the health professionals people saw for their condition.