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released: 28 Oct 2011 author: AIHW media release

Health expenditure in Australia in 2009-10 increased to $121.4 billion. As a percentage of GDP it was 9.4% of the GDP, 0.4% higher than in 2008-09. Public hospital services accounted for under one-third (31%) of the total increase in 2009-10, while medications accounted for over one-fifth (21%) of the total growth. 2009-10 marks the first year of the transition to the National Health Care Agreement, a new health care funding arrangement between the Australian government and state and territory governments.

ISSN 1323-5850; ISBN 978-1-74249-223-0; Cat. no. HWE 55; 188pp.; Internet only

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Table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Shares of expenditure
      • Growth in expenditure
      • Percentage of GDP
      • Government share of expenditure
      • Expenditure in each state and territory
      • International comparisons
  • Body section
    • 1 Background
      • 1.1 The structure of the health sector and its flow of funds
      • 1.2 Changes to AIHW estimates
      • 1.3 Revisions to ABS estimates
      • 1.4 Structure of report
    • 2 Total health expenditure
      • 2.1 Nominal change in health expenditure
      • 2.2 Health expenditure and the GDP
      • 2.3 Health expenditure per person
      • 2.4 Recurrent health expenditure
    • 3 Funding of health expenditure
      • 3.1 Broad trends
      • 3.2 Australian Government funding
      • 3.3 State and territory governments and local government authorities
      • 3.4 Non-government funding
    • 4 Health expenditure and funding, by area of health expenditure
      • 4.1 Recurrent expenditure
      • 4.2 Capital expenditure
      • 4.3 Non-specific tax expenditures
    • 5 International comparisons
      • 5.1 Health expenditure in OECD countries
      • 5.2 Health expenditure in the Asia-Pacific region
      • 5.3 Australian health expenditure using the OECD System of Health Accounts framework
    • 6 Technical notes
      • 6.1 General
      • 6.2 Definition of health expenditure
      • 6.3 Data and methods used to produce estimates
      • 6.4 Changes in data sources and methodologies used in this report
      • 6.5 Changes in ABS estimates of GDP
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix tables
      • Appendix A: National health expenditure matrices, 2007–08 to 2009–10
        • Notes to Appendix A tables
      • Appendix B: State and territory health expenditure matrices, 2007–08 to 2009–10
        • Notes to Appendix B tables
      • Appendix C: Detailed disaggregation of selected areas of health expenditure, 2008–09
        • Notes to Appendix C tables
      • Appendix D: Price indexes and deflation
        • Price indexes
      • Appendix E: Population
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Notes and corrections

The current version of the publication is presented above. Previous versions of files that have been updated or corrected are presented below.

  1. (21 Mar 2012) In addition to revisions to data cubes, revisions are sometimes made to the supplementary tables (publication tab), usually where the data being revised are not available in the data cubes. The most recent revision was made in March 2012.
  2. (17 Apr 2012) Data tables were updated in April 2012.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Health expenditure Australia 2009-10. Health and welfare expenditure series no. 46. Cat. no. HWE 55. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 19 September 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420435>.