Health & aged care service use

Australia’s health and aged care systems are complex. There are many types of service providers and a variety of funding mechanisms. The Australian Government provides the majority of funding for health and aged care services in Australia; state and territory governments, insurers and individual Australians provide additional resources  (see Australia’s health and Australia’s welfare).

Services in the health and aged care sector include those provided by medical practitioners, specialists, other health professionals, hospitals and clinics; respite and support services, transition services and community-based and residential aged care. Some of these services—and older Australians’ use of them—are described in this section.

3 in 10

Medicare claims for unreferred general practitioner attendances were for people aged 65 and over

1 in 10

Medicare-subsidised services related to mental health were for people aged 65 and over

1 in 5

emergency department presentations were for people aged 65 and over