8570.0 - Health Care Services, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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5 July 2011
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

$43 Billion generated by health care businesses

Health care businesses generated $43 billion in income, and spent over $32 billion on expenses, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Australia's private sector health care businesses operated from 101,725 locations providing medical and other health care to 22.3 million people.

These businesses employed or contracted 188,000 registered practitioners and other health care professionals, at the end of June 2010, with a further 145,000 other staff providing support for the same period.

Primary health care services (general practitioner, specialist and dental services) operated from 68,877 locations with the majority of these services (over 75%) located in capital cities and suburbs.

Primary health care services employed or contracted 111,000 registered practitioners and other health care professionals and saw 6 million patients in an average working week.

Further information is in Health Care Services, Australia 2009-10 (cat. no 8570.0),

Media note:
When reporting on ABS data, please attribute either the Australian Bureau of Statistics or ABS as the source.