Rise in patients saying GP waiting times unacceptable

The report on the COAG reform agenda from 2008 to 2013 rated progress in GP waiting times as having declined, while preventable hospitalisations was said to have made good progress. 

The proportion of people who felt they waited an unacceptable amount of time to see a GP increased from 17.8% in 2009 to 27.4% in 2011–12. 

It was higher in the most disadvantaged areas (29.5%) than the least disadvantaged areas (22%).

It was also higher outside major cities (30.3%) than in the major cities (26.1%) and higher among women (29.7%) than men (24.6%). 

The rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations fell from 2331 per 100,000 people to 2516 per 100,000 people over the course of the study.

Life expectancy of the total population rose fractionally to 81.8 years and deaths from circulatory disease between 2007 and 2010 fell from 199 to 173 per 100,000.

The report noted that stakeholders thought health