More people avoiding GPs due to expense

The third annual report on the National Healthcare Agreement, released today, said cost was a also a significant barrier to other types of health care; more than a quarter (26.4%) of Australians avoided dental treatment because they could not afford it, while 13.2% avoided specialist consultations.

Australians living outside major cities waited longer to see a GP and for elective surgery, had higher rates of many preventable diseases, lower rates of cancer survival, and poorer access to mental health care, while elderly people in non-metro areas were competing for limited aged care places.

Council chair Paul

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