Australian Bureau of Statistics
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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BARRIERS TO SEEING A GP
2.1 Delayed seeing or did not see GP in past 12 months due to cost (a), by Age and Sex
(See Table 2.1 for more detail)
Almost one-sixth of people who saw a GP for their own health in the 12 months prior to the survey felt they had waited longer than was acceptable to get an appointment with a GP (18% or around 2.4 million people). Again this differed with age and sex, with more women than men (21% compared with 14%) and more young people than older people finding the waiting time unacceptable. Across the States and Territories, the ACT had the highest proportion of people who felt they had waited too long to see a GP (22%).
Excluding people living in very remote regions of Australia, 3% of Australians aged 15 years and over (414,400 people) had travelled longer than an hour to see a GP at some time in the past year.
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