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released: 5 Oct 2007 author: AIHW media release

Health expenditure Australia 2005-06 examines expenditure on health goods and services in Australia for 1995-96 to 2005-06. It shows that Australia spent $86.9 billion on health in 2005-06, an estimated rise of $5.8 billion since 2004-05. This report presents expenditure estimates: at the aggregate level; 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.

ISSN 1323-5850; ISBN 978 1 74024 727 6; Cat. no. HWE 37; 196pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (199KB PDF)
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations and symbols
    • Executive summary
      • Health expenditure in Australia
        • Funding
        • Areas of health expenditure
  • Sections
    1. Background (154KB PDF)
      • High-level residential aged care
      • 1.1 The structure of the health sector and its flow of funds
      • 1.2 Revisions to ABS estimates
      • 1.3 Changes to AIHW estimates
        • High-level residential aged care
        • Public hospitals and public hospital services
        • Private hospitals
        • Individual out-of-pocket expenditure for dental services, other health practitioner services, aids and appliances, all other medications and patient transport services
        • State and territory funding of health expenditure
        • Premium rebates claimed through the taxation system
    2. Total health expenditure (168KB PDF)
      • 2.1 Health expenditure and the general level ofeconomic activity
        • Health inflation
      • 2.2 Health expenditure per person
      • 2.3 Health expenditure in states and territories
      • 2.4 Sources of growth in real health expenditure
      • 2.5 Sources of nominal growth in health expenditure
    3. Funding of health expenditure in Australia (252KB PDF)
      • 3.1 Broad trends
        • Total recurrent funding
      • 3.2 Government sources of funds
        • Australian Government
        • State and territory governments and local government authorities
      • 3.3 Non-government funding
        • Individuals
        • Private health insurance
        • Injury compensation insurers
    4. Health expenditure and funding, by area of health expenditure (247KB PDF)
      • 4.1 Recurrent expenditure on health goods andservices
        • Institutional health services
        • Non-institutional health goods and services
      • 4.2 Capital expenditure
      • 4.3 Capital consumption by governments
      • 4.4 Medical expenses tax rebate
    5. International comparisons (183KB PDF)
      • 5.1 Health expenditure in OECD countries
      • 5.2 International comparisons
      • 5.3 Health expenditure in the Asia - Pacific region
      • 5.4 Australian System of Health Accounts
    6. Classification of residential aged care expenditure (170KB PDF)
      • 6.1 Background
      • 6.2 History
      • 6.3 Residential aged care expenditures: estimating the distribution of expenditure across different service needs
        • Implications of reclassification
    7. Technical notes (208KB PDF)
      • 7.1 General
        • Health Expenditure Advisory Committee (HEAC)
      • 7.2 Definition of health expenditure
      • 7.3 Data and methods used to produce estimates
        • General
        • State and territory expenditure tables
        • State government contracting of private hospital services
        • Allocation of expenditure by the Australian Government to states and territories
        • Expenditure by state, territory and local governments
        • Funding by the non-government sector
        • Health insurance funds
        • Private health insurance rebates
        • Individuals
        • Other non-government sources
        • Change in methodology for deflators
        • Blank cells in expenditure tables
        • Population
      • 7.4 Revisions of definitions and estimates
        • Definitions
        • Revision of estimates
  • End matter (395KB PDF)
    • Appendix tables
      1. National health expenditure matrices, 2003 - 04 to 2005 - 06
        • Notes to Appendix A tables
      2. State and territory health expenditure matrices, 2003 - 04 to 2005 - 06
        • Notes to Appendix B tables
      3. Detailed disaggregation of selected areas of health expenditure, 2004 - 05
        • Notes to Appendix C tables
      4. Price indexes and deflation
        • Price indexes
        • Deflation and constant price expenditure aggregates
        • Change in methodology
      5. Capital in the Australian health sector
      6. Mean resident population
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2007. Health expenditure Australia 2005-06.

Health and Welfare Expenditure Series No. 30

. Cat. no. HWE 37. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 31 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468028>.