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BARRIERS TO SPECIALISTS
2.2 Delayed seeing or did not see specialist in last 12 months due to cost (a), by Age and Sex
(See Table 2.1 for more detail)
One in five people who were referred to a medical specialist in the last 12 months (excluding people who had a proxy interview) felt they had waited longer than was acceptable to see the specialist (21% or 1,135,800 people). Across the States and Territories, the ACT had the highest rate of people who felt they had to wait too long to see a specialist (34%).
Figure 2.3 shows unacceptable waiting times were reported by more people in outer regional or remote areas of Australia than people in major cities (27% and 20% respectively).
2.3 Unacceptable waiting times for specialist appointment (a), by Remoteness
(See Table 2.4 for more detail)
People aged 75 years and over were less likely than any other age group to find waiting times for a specialist appointment unacceptable, as shown in Figure 2.4.
2.4 Unacceptable waiting times for specialist appointment (a), by Age
(See Table 2.5 for more detail)