4839.0.55.001 - Health Services: Patient Experiences in Australia, 2009  
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BARRIERS TO AFTER HOURS GP CARE

Around 514,100 Australians (3%) had not been able to see a GP after hours when they had needed to, at some time in the last 12 months. The main reason given for this was that there was no service available at the time it was required (57%).

Almost twice as many women than men reported being unable to access a GP after hours when they needed one (4% and 2% respectively.)

There was no significant difference between people living in major cities and those living in regional and remote areas of Australia being unable to access an after hours GP, however 69% of people in outer regional and remote areas who had not been able to access an after hours GP said the main reason for this was that there was no service available at the time it was required (compared with the national average of 57%).





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