Federal funding for GP care is falling: report

But can the same be said for public hospitals?

Per-capita federal spending on GP care has dropped for the first time in almost a decade — despite going up every year during the Medicare freeze.


The government spent $391 per person on general practice in the 2018/19 financial year, down from $395 the year before, the Productivity Commission reported.

It ended the trend of consistent, albeit slight, growth since the 2012/13 financial year.

“A low or decreasing cost per person can indicate higher efficiency, provided services are equally or more effective,” the commission said.