Needy miss out on healthcare

The National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) report, based on Medicare data and surveys of almost 27,000 adults, found there was little correlation between access and need across the 61 areas now being served by MLs.

“When we see poor communities in the country, one would hope that they have less wait times and less cost barriers and that’s not actually the case,” NHPA CEO Dr Diane Watson told MO.

“If anyone had cost barriers you’d want to put them before the healthier people, not the unhealthy people.