Rural health deficit hits $2.1 billion

RURAL doctors have called for a “fair share of public expenditure” after a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed rural Australians are missing out on $2.1 billion a year in health spending.

The deficit includes a $670 million primary healthcare underspend, a PBS deficit of at least half a billion dollars, and a $1 billion inequity in dental and allied health services.

Overall, the report revealed that rural Australians missed out on 25 million services from doctors,