4839.0.55.001 - Health Services: Patient Experiences in Australia, 2009  
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Contents >> Use of health services >> Coordination of care


Around a quarter of Australians aged 15 years or more had seen three or more health professionals for a single condition in the past 12 months (24% or 4.2 million people). These conditions may have been chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer, or pregnancies or injuries that required coordinated care for a shorter time.

Women aged 25-54 were more likely than men of the same age to have seen three or more health professionals for a single condition, however rates were not significantly different for men and women after the age of 55 (see Table 1.2 for more detail).

Chapter 5 discusses whether there were any issues caused by a lack of coordination between the health professionals people saw for their condition.

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