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AIHW reveals health expenditure statistics

25 September 2013 - 4:38pm
Written by: 
Jethro Still

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has just released a report, titled 'Health Expenditure Australia 2011-12', which reveals that $140.2 billion was spent on health care across the country last year.

This is a slight increase on the previous year, which saw a total health expenditure of $132.6 billion.

Australian health insurance, individuals and non-government sources were responsible for 30.3 per cent of this spending, and the rest was contributed by governments.

A total of 42.4 per cent of funding came from the federal government, while the remaining 27.3 per cent came from state and territory governments.

David Kalisch, chief executive officer of the AIHW, said that an estimated $5,881 per person was spent on health care services, which is also up on last year's $5,681 per person.

Public hospitals were on the receiving end of most of this spending. A whopping 31.8 per cent - or $42 billion - was used to support the health care services they provided last year.

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