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.

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The proportion of health spending funded by Individuals continued to decline in 2020–21

Total health expenditure was $220.9 billion, equating to $8,617 per person or 10.7% of total economic activity

Primary health care (including public health) spending increased faster than hospital spending during the pandemic

The highest expenditure condition group for males was Cardiovascular diseases ($6.7 billion)

The highest expenditure specific condition was Dental caries ($5.0 billion)

The highest expenditure group was Musculoskeletal disorders, followed by Cardiovascular diseases