Sizing up effective spending by area

Country South SA Medicare Local’s (CSSAML) area ranked among the worst for long-term health conditions when the National Health Performance Authority published its first nationwide report on the 61 ML areas earlier this year.

CSSAML’s own needs assessment, published last month, said the area had fallen from the 53rd spot to the 56th among the 61 MLs in terms of overall socioeconomic disadvantage in just two years.

The ML catchment had higher than average rates of obesity,