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Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2008–09

Posted on: 1 August, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 3, July 2011 – September 2011
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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)
Expenditure on health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2008–09
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report, sixth in the series which commenced in 1998, presents comprehensive information on health expenditure for Indigenous people, including comparisons to health expenditure for non-Indigenous people, and, where possible, outlines changes over time.

The report presents information on the following:

  • population, health status and incomes of Indigenous people
  • health expenditure by all levels of government, and non-government health expenditure
  • health funding by all levels of government, and non-government health funding.

The main findings of the report include the following:

  • When compared to non-Indigenous population, Indigenous people are high users of publicly funded health services, and low users of medical, pharmaceutical, dental and other health services that are, for the most part, privately funded.
  • Community health services, including the Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, accounted for just over 22% of all Indigenous health expenditure, compared to 4.5% of non-Indigenous health expenditure.
  • The Australian, state and territory governments combined funded 91% of the total health expenditure for Indigenous Australians, compared to 69.5% of the total health expenditure for non-Indigenous Australians.

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