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released: 24 Jun 2011 author: AIHW media release

In 2008-09, total health expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was estimated at $3,700 million. The average health expenditure per person for Indigenous Australians was $6,787, compared with $4,876 for each non-Indigenous Australian. Correspondingly, the Indigenous to non-Indigenous per person health expenditure ratio was 1.39. This report, the sixth in the series, again shows that Indigenous Australians are more likely than non-Indigenous Australians to rely on public hospital services. In 2008-09, per person expenditure on public hospital services for Indigenous Australians was more than double that for non-Indigenous Australians - an expenditure ratio of 2.25.

ISSN 1323-5850; ISBN 978-1-74249-179-0; Cat. no. HWE 53; 66pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Per person health expenditure
      • Public versus private services
      • Funding sources
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • 1.1 Background
      • 1.2 Context
      • 1.3 Definitions and concepts
      • 1.4 Data sources, methods, quality and limitations
      • 1.5 Economies of scale and geographic isolation
      • 1.6 Estimating expenditure per person
    1. Population, health status and incomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      • 2.1 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
      • 2.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status
      • 2.3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incomes
    1. Health expenditure
      • 3.1 Total health expenditure
      • 3.2 Australian Government health expenditure
      • 3.3 Medicare Benefits Schedule and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
      • 3.4 State and territory governments health expenditure
      • 3.5 Non-government expenditure
      • 3.6 Expenditure by program management
        • Program management
        • Expenditure levels by program
        • Expenditure patterns
    1. Health funding
      • 4.1 Total health funding
      • 4.2 Australian Government health funding
      • 4.3 State and territory governments funding
      • 4.4 Non-government funding
    1. Expenditure on primary and secondary/tertiary health services
    2. Changes over time, 2001–02 to 2008–09
      • Change 2001–02 to 2008–09
      • Change 2006–07 to 2008–09
  • End matter
    • Appendix: Method
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2008-09. Health and welfare expenditure series no. 44. Cat. no. HWE 53. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 28 August 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737419257>.