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released: 29 Sep 2006 author: AIHW media release

Health expenditure Australia 2004-05 examines expenditure on health goods and services in Australia for 1994-95 to 2004-05. It shows that Australia spent over $87 billion on health in 2004-05, an estimated rise of $8 billion since 2003-04. This report presents expenditure estimates by area of health expenditure, as a proportion of gross domestic product (GDP), on a per person basis, by state and territory, by comparison with selected OECD and Asia-Pacific countries, and by source of funding (Australian Government, other governments and the non-government sector). This report will be helpful to anyone interested in studying, analysing and comparing estimates of health expenditure in Australia.

ISSN 1323-5850; ISBN 978 1 74024 613 2; Cat. no. HWE 35; 168pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (163K PDF)
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations and symbols
  • Sections
    1. Background and executive summary (162K PDF)
      • Background
      • The structure of the health sector and its flow of funds
      • Executive summary
        • Funding
        • Private health insurance and other non-government expenditure
        • Hospital expenditure
        • Pharmaceuticals and other medications expenditure
      • Revisions to ABS estimates
    2. Total health expenditure (183K PDF)
      • Health expenditure and the general level of economic activity
        • Health inflation
      • Health expenditure per person
      • Total health expenditure, by state and territory
      • Sources of growth in real health expenditure
      • Sources of nominal growth in health expenditure
    3. Funding of health expenditure in Australia (250K PDF)
      • Broad trends
        • Total recurrent funding
      • Government sources of funds
      • Non-government funding
    4. Health expenditure and funding, by area of health expenditure (230K PDF)
      • Recurrent expenditure on health goods and services
        • Institutional health services
        • Non-institutional health services
      • Capital formation
      • Capital consumption by governments
    5. International comparisons (187K PDF)
      • Health expenditure in OECD countries
      • Health expenditure in the Asia-Pacific region
      • Australian System of Health Accounts
    6. Technical notes (180K PDF)
      • General
        • Health Expenditure Advisory Committee (HEAC)
      • Definition of health expenditure
      • Data and methods used to produce estimates
        • General
        • State and territory expenditure tables
        • State government contracting of private hospital services
        • Expenditure by the Australian Government
        • Expenditure by state, territory and local governments
        • Expenditure by the non-government sector
        • Change in methodology for deflators
        • Blank cells in expenditure tables
        • Population
      • International comparisons
      • Revisions of definitions and estimates
        • Definitions
        • Revision of estimates
  • End matter (340K PDF)
    • Appendixes
      1. National health expenditure matrices, 2002-03 to 2004-05
        • Notes to Appendix A tables
      2. State and territory health expenditure matrices, 2002-03 to 2004-05
        • Notes to Appendix B tables
      3. Price indexes and deflation
        • Price indexes
        • Deflation and constant price expenditure aggregates
        • Changes in methodology
      4. Capital in the Australian health sector
      5. Cross-border flows
      6. Mean resident population
    • Glossary
    • References

Notes and corrections

  • 12 December 2006: An amendment has been made to Table 34: Recurrent funding of medical services, constant prices(a), by source of funds, and annual growth rates, 1994-95 to 2004-05 on page 63.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2006. Health expenditure Australia 2004-05. Health expenditure series 28. Cat. no. HWE 35. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 24 April 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467900>.