GP care still costs less than a dollar a day

An annual snapshot on the nation's health spending reveals the surprising cost of general practice

Federal government spending on general practice remains below a dollar a day per person, a new report reveals.

The Productivity Commission released its annual figures on the nation’s health spending on Wednesday.

It found the total cost of general practice to the Federal Government was $8.8 billion over the past financial year, or just $357 per person. On a per capita basis it represents an increase of 2% on the previous 12 months.

By contrast, the cost of public hospital care reached $2606 per person.

The commission also revealed that more than 37% of practising GPs are now aged 55 and over compared with 33% a decade ago.