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GIVEN THE CHOICE TO BE TREATED AS A PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PATIENT
Information to assist choice of being treated as public or private patient
Of the people who were given the choice to be treated as a public or private patient, approximately 87% (783,400 people) reported feeling they had been given enough information to choose. Men were more likely than women to report this (92% and 85% respectively).
Across the States and Territories, people living in WA (79%) were the least likely to report being given enough information to choose, while nearly all people living in the ACT (100%) and Tasmania (99%) felt they were given enough information, shown in Figure 4.4 below.
4.4 Felt was given enough information to choose to be treated as public or private patient (a), by State/Territory
(See Table 4.3 for more detail)
Less people in areas of least disadvantage reported receiving enough information to make a choice about being treated as a public or private patient than people in areas of more disadvantage (80% compared with, for example, 92% of people in the middle quintile of the index of disadvantage).
While people with private health insurance had been given the choice to be treated as a public or private patient more often than people without private health insurance, they were less likely to feel they had been given enough information to make the choice (84% and 93% respectively).
Employed people were less likely to feel that they had been given enough information to choose (83%) than people who were unemployed or not in the labour force (92%) (see Table 4.1 for more detail).