Patients paying more of $160b health bill

Australians are forking out more from their own pockets to pay the nation’s $161 billion health bill. Health spending reached 10 per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product for the first time in 2014/15, according to official figures released on Thursday. But the proportion footed by government fell by almost one per cent from the previous year. Governments covered about 70 per cent of the health bill in 2014/15, spending $108 billion. Patients spent more than $28 billion while private health insurers spent $14 billion. While the government contribution grew by 1.3 per cent from the previous year, it was…
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