Among Australians 45 and over who visited a GP in the past year, those living in rural and remote areas were less likely than others to have a usual GP or place of care. Not having facilities nearby was a barrier to seeing a specialist and having a medical test.
- Cat. no: PHE 220
3 in 5 people in Remote/Very remote areas said not having a specialist nearby stopped them from seeing one.
People in Remote/Very remote areas were the most likely to report going to an ED because no GP was available.
People reported decreasing information sharing between health providers as remoteness increased.
People in Outer regional and Remote/Very remote areas were the least likely to have a usual GP.