How to avoid a health event in Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a new national survey revealing a massive gap between health services available in Australia and those required to be maintained in other developed countries.

According to the report released today, more than one in five Australian adults have a health care service they do not use every day, with the majority (72 per cent) not using any.

As well as the numbers of Australians who lack a service, many are under-equipped, in need of supplementary healthcare or care and cannot access it due to a lack of access to financial resources.

The survey also found that most Australians (63 per cent of respondents) have been asked to complete a questionnaire on their healthcare experience and their health system.

Many of the most common reasons Australians are not getting the care they need include: inadequate health coverage, lack of personal health insurance, not knowing if they are eligible to receive a private health insurance plan or whether they qualify for a concessional concessional health care entitlement.

The survey found that the median cost of a basic health service in Australia is just $500, while the median costs for specialist, primary and long-term care services is about $1,200 per person per year.

Some of the biggest challenges Australians are facing are in access to health services and how they are managed, with access to affordable, high quality healthcare services considered a major issue for many Australians.

Healthcare costs are the largest expense for many people, with one in six (19 per cent or $2,500) Australians saying they have experienced a financial loss due to healthcare costs.

Healthcare is seen as a basic human right and one of the top priorities of Australians, with almost one in four (22 per cent and $5,000) Australians supporting a national health service and one in 10 (9 per cent).

The survey also revealed that one in eight Australians do not have enough income to cover a basic healthcare bill and that nearly one in three Australians (32 per cent, or $1.2 million) do not receive government funding for their healthcare.

More information about the survey is available at: http://www.asns.gov.au/healthcare/index.aspx?cid=72617