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.