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released: 25 Sep 2013 author: AIHW media release

Expenditure on health in Australia was estimated to be $140.2 billion in 2011-12, up from $82.9 billion in 2001-02. This expenditure was 9.5% of GDP in 2011-12, up from 9.3% in 2010-11 and up from 8.4% in 2001-02. The estimated recurrent expenditure on health was $5,881 per person. Governments funded 69.7% of total health expenditure, a slight increase from 69.1% in 2010-11. The largest components of health spending were public hospital services ($42.0 billion, or 31.8% of recurrent expenditure), followed by medical services ($23.9 billion, or 18.1%) and medications ($18.8 billion, or 14.2%).

ISSN 1323-5850; ISBN 978-1-74249-496-8; Cat. no. HWE 59; 144pp.; $17.50

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 What is health expenditure?
      • 1.2 The structure of the health sector and its flow of funds
      • 1.3 Structure of this report
      • 1.4 Changes to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates
      • 1.5 Revisions to Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates
    • 2 Health expenditure
      • 2.1 Total health expenditure
      • 2.2 Health expenditure and the GDP
      • 2.3 Government health expenditure and tax revenue
      • 2.4 Health expenditure per person
      • 2.5 Recurrent health expenditure
      • 2.6 International comparisons
    • 3 Funding of health expenditure
      • 3.1 Broad trends
      • 3.2 Capital expenditure
      • 3.3 Australian Government funding
      • 3.4 State and territory, and local governments
      • 3.5 Non-government funding
      • 3.6 Individuals
    • 4 Data quality statement
      • 4.1 Summary of key issues
      • 4.2 Description
      • 4.3 Institutional environment
      • 4.4 Timeliness
      • 4.5 Accessibility
      • 4.6 Interpretability
      • 4.7 Relevance
      • 4.8 Accuracy
      • 4.9 Coherence
    • 5 Technical notes
      • 5.1 Definition of health expenditure
      • 5.2 Data and methods used to produce estimates
      • 5.3 Non-government
      • 5.4 Blank cells in expenditure tables
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix tables
      • Appendix A: National health expenditure matrixes
      • Appendix B: State and territory health expenditure matrixes, 2009-10 to 2011-12
      • Appendix C: Price indexes and deflation
      • Appendix D: Population
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Health expenditure Australia 2011-12. Health and welfare expenditure series 50. Cat. no. HWE 59. Canberra: AIHW.