Australian Bureau of Statistics
4839.0 - Patient Experiences in Australia: Summary of Findings, 2013-14 Quality Declaration
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/11/2014
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Regional and remote Australians face more health care barriers
People living in outer regional, remote or very remote areas of Australia were more likely to face barriers to accessing health care compared with people living in major cities. These barriers include cost and long waiting times, according to new figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
"In 2013-14, nearly one in three people living in outer regional, remote or very remote areas waited longer than they felt acceptable to get an appointment with a GP compared with just over one in five in major cities " said Louise Gates from the ABS.
Visits to GPs
Around 14.9 million people aged 15 years and over (82 per cent) visited a GP at least once in the previous 12 months.
"Of those who needed to see a GP in the previous 12 months, 1 in 20 (five per cent) delayed seeing or did not see a GP because of the cost.
“People living in outer regional, remote or very remote areas were more likely to delay seeing or not see a GP due to cost than those living in major cities (six per cent compared with four per cent),” said Ms Gates.
"Of those who saw a GP for urgent medical care, nearly two thirds (64 per cent) were seen by a GP within four hours of making an appointment.
“People living in major cities were more likely to be seen within four hours than those living in outer regional, remote or very remote areas (67 per cent compared with 61 per cent)."
Visits to dental professionals
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