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8570.0 - Health Care Services, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Other health services >> Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging Services

PATHOLOGY AND DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERVICES

At the end of June 2010, there were 970 pathology and diagnostic businesses operating in Australia. These businesses:

  • operated from 2,799 locations servicing a population of 22.3 million people at the end of June 2010;
  • employed or contracted 18,594 registered medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care;
  • generated income of $5.7b during the 2009-10 financial year;
  • incurred expenses of $4.9b in the same period;
  • generated operating profit before tax of $797m; and
  • generated industry value added of $3.3b.


Persons working

There were 37,912 persons engaged in the pathology and diagnostic imaging industry at the end of June 2010. Of this number 18,594 or 49% were registered medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care.

Of those providing direct health care services, 18,000 persons were employed by businesses and 595 persons were working on contract. Of employed persons, 17,404 were employees of which 43.8% were permanent full-time, 40.5% were permanent part-time and the remaining 15.8% were casual/temporary.

There were 19,318 other staff engaged in the pathology and diagnostic imaging industry representing just over 50% of total employed and contracted persons.


Income and expenses

Fee for service income of $4.9b accounted for 86% of the total income of $5.7b generated by pathology and diagnostic imaging businesses during the 2009-10 financial year.

Pathology and diagnostic imaging businesses operating on 30 June 2010, generated an average income of $5.8m per business. Fee for service income earned per practitioner was $262,300.

Wages and salaries of $1.9b accounted for 39% of total industry expenditure of $4.9b during 2009-10.


Profitability

Operating profit before tax for pathology and diagnostic imaging businesses during the 2009-10 financial year was $797m, representing an operating profit margin of 14.4% .





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