GP visits for mental health services double

One in 10 access Medicare services, with $400 spent per person a year: AIHW report

One in 10 Australians accessed Medicare-subsidised mental health services in the past year, with visits to GPs doubling in a decade, figures show.

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GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists and other allied health professionals provided more than 12 million Medicare-subsided mental health services in 2017/18.

Overall, the number of people using such services grew from 5.7% in 2008/09 to 10.6% in 2018/19 — amounting to 2.7 million Australians.

Those accessing services from GPs rose almost twofold in a decade, from 4.3% in 2008/09 to almost 9% in 2017/18

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