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released: 26 Sep 2008 author: AIHW media release

Health expenditure Australia 2006-07 examines expenditure on health goods and services in Australia for 1996-97 to 2006-07. It shows that Australia spent over $ 94.0 billion on health in 2006-07, an estimated rise of $7.3 billion since 2005-06. 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). 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 831 0; Cat. no. HWE 42; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Executive summary
  • Body sections
    1. Background
      1. The structure of the health sector and its flow of funds
      2. Revisions to ABS estimates
      3. Changes to AIHW estimates
      4. Structure of report
    2. Total health expenditure
      1. Health expenditure and the general level of economic activity
      2. Health inflation
      3. Health expenditure per person
      4. Recurrent health expenditure in states and territories
      5. Sources of nominal growth in health expenditure
    3. Funding of health expenditure in Australia
      1. Broad trends
      2. Government sources of funds
        • Australian Government
        • State and territory governments and local government authorities
      3. Non-government funding
        • Individuals
        • Private health insurance
        • Injury compensation insurers
    4. Health expenditure and funding, by area of health expenditure
      1. Recurrent expenditure on health goods and services
        • Total recurrent funding
        • Sources of growth in real health expenditure
        • Institutional health services
        • Non-institutional health goods and services
      2. Capital expenditure
      3. Capital consumption by governments
      4. Medical expenses tax rebate
    5. Household expenditure on health goods and services
      1. Introduction
      2. Household expenditure survey
      3. Population groups used in the analysis
        • Household numbers
        • Average weekly income
        • Average weekly expenditure
      4. Expenditure on medical care and health
        • Health expenditure by household type and expenditure group
        • Expenditure on areas of medical care and health as a proportion of household expenditure
    6. International comparisons
      1. Health expenditure in OECD countries
      2. International comparisons
      3. Health expenditure in the Asia-Pacific region
      4. Australian health expenditure using the OECD SHA
    7. Technical notes
      1. General
        • Health Expenditure Advisory Committee (HEAC)
      2. Definition of health expenditure
      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
        • Deflators methodology
        • Blank cells in expenditure tables
        • Population
        • Revisions of definitions and estimates
  • End matter
  • Appendix tables
    • National health expenditure matrices, 2004-05 to 2006-07
    • State and territory health expenditure matrices, 2004-05 to 2006-07
    • Detailed disaggregation of selected areas of health expenditure, 2005-06
    • Health expenditure on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and on Disease groups
    • Residential aged care
    • Price indexes and deflation
    • Capital in the Australian health sector
    • Cross-border flows
    • Mean resident population
  • Glossary
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2008. Health expenditure Australia 2006-07. Health and welfare expenditure series 35. Cat. no. HWE 42. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 23 November 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468153>.