The first Healthy Communities report from the National Health Performance Authority suggests that where Australians live has a noticeable impact on whether they will get care when they need it, within acceptable waiting times, and at a price they can afford. But the results show no one area does consistently well or poorly across all measures.
The report was the first to enable Australians to see data about patient experiences and GP visits expressed at a local level.
The report finds:
- The percentage of Australians who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get a GP appointment was three times higher in some areas compared to others (28% compared to 8%)
- The percentage of Australians who rated their health as fair or poor was twice as high in some areas compared to other areas (19% compared to 9%)
- The number of visits to a GP per person was three times higher in some areas compared to other areas (7.3 visits per person compared to 2.3 visits).
Note: Since publication in March 2013, figures relating to the MBS statistics in this report have been revised. Please see the Web update: Medicare Benefits Schedule GP and specialist attendances and expenditure in 2015–16 which includes 2010–11 results.