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released: 23 Sep 2014 author: AIHW media release

Expenditure on health in Australia was estimated to be $147.4 billion in 2012–13, 1.5% higher than in 2011–12 and the lowest growth since the mid 1980’s. In 2012–13, governments provided $100.8 billion (or 68.3%) of total health expenditure. Government funding of health expenditure fell in real terms for the first time in the decade by 0.9%, largely a result of a decline in Australian Government funding of 2.4%. State and territory government funding was also relatively low, growing just 1.4% in real terms in 2012–13. In contrast, growth in non-government funding was relatively strong at 7.2%.

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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

  • Appendix tables
    • Appendix A: National health expenditure matrixes
    • Appendix B: State and territory health expenditure matrixes, 2010-11 to 2012-13
    • Appendix C: Price indexes and deflation
    • Appendix D: Population
  • Glossary
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • List of boxes
  • Related publications

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  1. (6 Nov 2014) PDF and supplementary tables updated. Growth rates between 2011–12 and 2012–13 have been added to Table A7 and Table A8. 
    Previous version - Health expenditure Australia 2012-13 (4MB PDF)  

Recommended citation

AIHW 2014. Health expenditure Australia 2012-13. Health and welfare expenditure series no. 52. Cat. no. HWE 61. Canberra: AIHW.

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