Australia in top five for out-of-pocket health costs

The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) says the country is now in the top five highest-spending nations in the world, with almost 20% of total health costs now being paid on top of tax and private insurance, according to data compiled as part of its 'hip pocket pain' campaign.

CHF CEO Carol Bennett said the costs were high because the Australian health system enabled additional costs to be applied to almost every treatment.

"Every time you see a GP or