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4839.0.55.001 - Health Services: Patient Experiences in Australia, 2009  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/10/2011   
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Contents >> Communication with health providers >> Prescriptions for medication


Approximately 11.3 million people aged 15 years and over had been prescribed medication in the 12 months prior to the survey (81% of people who had seen a GP in the past year). The GP had explained the reasons for prescribing this medication in 98% of cases, and the explanation had been understood either completely or at least to some extent by 99% of people (92% and 7% respectively) (see Figure 5.1, below).

Around 9.8 million people (87%) were shown how to take or administer the medication that had been prescribed, generally by a GP (86%) or other health professional (10%). Slightly more people in major cities were shown how to take or administer their medication than people in outer regional and remote areas of Australia (87% compared with 83%). See Table 5.1 for more detail of communication around prescriptions for medication.

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