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released: 4 Jun 2015 author: AIHW media release

In 2012, 17% of people with disability who needed to see a GP delayed or did not go because of the cost; 20% who needed to see a medical specialist did not go mainly due to the cost; and 67% who needed to see a dentist delayed seeing or did not go because of the cost. Compared with people with disability living in Major cities, people with disability living in Outer regional and Remote areas had lower use rates of services provided by GPs, medical specialists and dentists as well as coordinated care provided by different types of health professionals. They were more likely to visit a hospital emergency department for health issues that could potentially be dealt with by non-hospital services, and to face barriers to accessing health services.

ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-739-6; Cat. no. AUS 191; 24pp.; $14

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Publication table of contents

  • Summary
  • Introduction
    • Data source, scope of this analysis and statistical methods
  • Use of health services by Australians with disability
    • Sex differences in the use of health services
  • Differences in the use of health services between people with different levels of disability severity
    • Effect of age distribution on the differences in the use of health services
  • Where people with disability live makes a difference to their useof health services
    • Effect of demographic factors on the differences in the use of health services
  • Difficulties in access to health services for Australians with disability
    • GP services
    • Medical specialists
    • Dental services
    • Communication issues relating to coordinated health care
  • Need and unmet need for assistance with health-care activitiesfor Australians with disability
  • Appendix tables
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2015. Access to health services by Australians with disability 2012. AIHW bulletin no. 129. Cat. no. AUS 191. Canberra: AIHW.

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