FactCheck: do one in two Australians suffer from a chronic disease?

The federal minister for Health, Sussan Ley, sourced her assertion to AIHW data. LUKAS COCH/AAP With one in two Australians now suffering from a chronic disease, it’s essential we have safety nets designed to protect patients who need ongoing, costly primary care or hospitalisation. – federal health minister, Sussan Ley, press release, October 21, 2015. According to the Minister’s office, Minister Ley’s comment was based on the chronic disease data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in August this year.
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