Good health and wellbeing is important—it influences not just how a person feels, but has impacts for society as a whole. The availability and quality of health and welfare programs are central to delivering these outcomes, but difficult to evaluate. Information about expenditure on health and welfare gives an indication of the priority placed on these goods and services among all others in the economy. In Australia, more is spent on health and welfare, both in dollar terms and as a proportion of spending overall, than any other type of expenditure.
06 Nov 2020
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25 Aug 2021
Expenditure per person increased by 1.5% to $7,772
Total health expenditure in 2018–19 was $195.7 billion, a real increase of 3.1% over the year
More than two-thirds of total health expenditure was funded by the Australian Government & state & territory governments
The highest expenditure condition group for females was Reproductive and maternal ($8.7 billion)
The highest expenditure group was Musculoskeletal disorders, followed by Cardiovascular diseases
The highest expenditure specific condition was Dental caries ($5.1 billion)
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