Use of mainstream health services

Based on self-reported data, of people with disability aged under 65 living in the community, in the last year:

most (93%) have seen a GP

1 in 5 (20%) have seen a GP for urgent medical care

2 in 3 (62%) have seen a medical specialist

half (50%) have seen a dental professional

1 in 4 (26%) have visited a hospital emergency department

1 in 5 (22%) have been admitted to hospital

2 in 5 (37%) have seen 3 or more different health professionals for the same condition

1 in 4 (26%) have had a health professional coordinating their care when they saw 3 or more different health professionals for the same condition

2 in 3 (63%) who needed help with health-care activities received informal services(a)

2 in 5 (44%) who needed help with health-care activities received formal services(a)

  1. Aged 5–64.

Source: ABS 2016a; see also tables S1 and S7.

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References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016a. Microdata: disability, ageing and carers, Australia, 2015. ABS cat. no. 4430.0.30.002. Canberra: ABS. AIHW analysis of Confidentialised Unit Record File.

ABS 2016b. Microdata: National Health Survey, 2014–15, TableBuilder. ABS cat. no. 4324.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS. Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data.

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Figure 1

Chart showing the proportion of people using nine categories of number of Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) services in 2011. The reader can select to display the chart by whether the person receives Disability Support Pension (DSP) or no income support, by sex, and by age group in 10 year age brackets from 15-24 to 55-64, including all ages. The chart shows women on DSP aged 55-64 are more likely (48%) to access 30 or more MBS services per year than men on DSP in the same age group (38%). Back to figure 1