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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In the first year of COVID-19, nominal health spending increased at a greater rate (3.7%) than the GDP (1.7%)

Spending on primary health care was $66.9 billion, a real increase of 0.6% compared with the previous year

Expenditure per person in 2019–20 was $7,926, a real increase of 0.2% over the year

The highest expenditure condition group for females was Reproductive and maternal ($8.7 billion)

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

Around 73% ($136 billion) of recurrent expenditure in 2018-19 could be attributed to specific disease groups