Health spending per person
Taking into account population size and growth, average per capita spending on health in 2019–20 was $7,926. In real terms, this was $18 (0.2%) more per person than in 2018–19 (Figure 2). The growth in per capita spending in 2019–20 was slower than in 2018–19 (1.5%) and below the average yearly increase over the decade to 2019–20 (1.8%).
Figure 2: Average total health spending per person⁽ᵃ⁾, and annual growth rate, constant prices⁽ᵇ⁾, 2009–10 to 2019–20
The line graph shows that average total health spending per person in constant prices increased from $6,646 in 2009–10 to $7,326 in 2011–12 before decreasing to $7,299 in 2012–13. It then increased again to $7,926 in 2019–20. Annual growth rate in average total health spending per person ranged from –0.4 per cent and 5.5 per cent between 2009–10 and 2019–20. Annual growth rate in 2019–20 was 0.2 per cent, below the average annual growth rate in the last 5-year period.