Highlights

  • Total health expenditure reached $36,369 million in 1993–94, representing an average of $2,049 per person.
  • Expenditure on health care, in constant 1989-90 prices, rose by 57.6% from 1982–83, resulting in an average growth rate of 4.2% per annum.
  • Health expenditure per person, in constant 1989–90 prices, rose at 2.8% per year from 1982–83 to 1993–94.
  • Expenditure by the private sector, as a proportion of total health expenditure, rose from 28.1% in 1984–85 to 32.8% in 1991–92, then fell to 31.8% in 1993–94.
  • Over the same period, the Commonwealth proportion of total health expenditure fell from 46.1% to 45.5%, while expenditure by State, Territory and local government authorities fell from 25.8% to 22.8%.
  • Health expenditure, as a proportion of gross domestic product (GDP), rose from 7.7% in 1982–83 to 8.5% in 1993–94.
  • In 1992–93, the latest year for which detailed breakdowns are available, non-institutional health care expenditure represented more than half (52.3%) of all recurrent  expenditure.