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released: 14 Dec 2010 author: AIHW media release

Health expenditure in Australia in 2008-09 reached $112.8 billion, an increase of $9.2 billion since 2007-08. The area of health expenditure with the largest increase was public hospital services, which accounted for over one-quarter of the total increase in 2008-09. 'Health expenditure Australia 2008-09' examines expenditure on different types of health goods and services in the decade to 2008-09. The report describes funding by the Australian Government and state governments, private health insurance and individuals; compares health expenditures in the different states and territories; compares Australia's spending with other countries'.

ISSN 1323-5850; ISBN 978-1-74249-101-1; Cat. no. HWE 51; 188pp.; Internet only

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Important notice

Please note that the data and tables in the online publication and publication summary were accurate as of December 2010. The AIHW sometimes revises its expenditure data on receipt of more up-to-date data from its data providers, however revisions are made to the online expenditure data cubes only.

Note: Data have been updated since December 2010. Please check the online expenditure data cubes for the most recent data.

Publication table of contents 

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso title pages
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary   
  • Body content
    1. Background
      • 1.1 The structure of the health sector and its flow of funds
      • 1.2 Changes to AIHW estimates
      • 1.3 Revisions to ABS estimates
      • 1.4 Structure of report
    2. Total health expenditure
      • 2.1 Sources of nominal change in health expenditure
      • 2.2 Health expenditure and the GDP
        • Differential growth in health expenditure and GDP
        • Health inflation
      • 2.3 Health expenditure per person
      • 2.4 Recurrent health expenditure
        • Recurrent expenditure, by state and territory
    3. Funding of health expenditure
      • 3.1 Broad trends
      • 3.2 Australian Government funding
        • The Department of Veterans’ Affairs
        • Grants to states and territories
        • Rebates of private health insurance contributions
        • Australian Government funding of its own expenditures
        • Non-specific tax expenditure
      • 3.3 State and territory governments and local government authorities
      • 3.4 Non-government funding
        • Individuals
        • Private health insurance
        • Injury compensation insurers
    4. Health expenditure and funding, by area of health expenditure
      • 4.1 Recurrent expenditure
      • 4.2 Capital expenditure
      • 4.3 Non-specific tax expenditures
    5. International comparisons
      • 5.1 Health expenditure in OECD countries
      • 5.2 Health expenditure in the Asia-Pacific region
      • 5.3 Australian health expenditure using the OECD system of health accounts framework
    6. Technical notes
      • 6.1 General
        • Health Expenditure Advisory Committee (HEAC)
      • 6.2 Definition of health expenditure
      • 6.3 Data and methods used to produce estimates
        • General
        • State and territory expenditure tables
        • State government contracting of private hospital services
        • Allocation of Australian Government expenditures by states and territories
        • Expenditure by state and territory governments
        • Funding by the non-government sector
        • Health insurance funds
        • Private health insurance premium rebates
        • Individuals
        • Other non-government sources
        • Blank cells in expenditure tables
      • 6.4 Changes in data sources and methodologies used in this report
      • 6.5 Changes in ABS estimates of GDP
  • End matter
    • Appendix tables
      • Appendix A: National health expenditure matrices, 2006–07 to 2008–09
        • Notes to Appendix A tables
      • Appendix B: State and territory health expenditure matrices, 2006–07 to 2008–09
        • Notes to Appendix B tables
      • Appendix C: Detailed disaggregation of selected areas of health expenditure, 2007–08
        • Notes to Appendix C tables
      • Appendix D: Price indexes and deflation
        • Price indexes
      • Appendix E: Population
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2010. Health expenditure Australia 2008-09. Health and welfare expenditure series no. 42. Cat. no. HWE 51. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 22 December 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442472450>.