5 striking health disparities in Australia

PATIENTS living in certain parts of Victoria are 20 times more likely to be prescribed amoxycillin than other Australians, according to a study that highlights vast variations in healthcare across the country.

Big differences in the number of PBS prescriptions for antidepressants, lumbar spine CT scans, and the length of hospitalisation have also been revealed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in its Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation report.

Drawing on data from a variety of sources including the MBS and PBS, the