Access to primary care no clue to population’s health

Instead, the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) report, published today, said each area covered by an ML had a unique primary healthcare profile.

For example, the number of people who put off seeing a GP because of cost in the area with the most long-term health conditions, Country South SA, was similar to that of the area with the least long-term health conditions, Inner West Sydney.

In Country South SA, where the NHPA estimated 60% of adults had a long-term health condition, 7% were likely to put off seeing a GP because of cost,

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