On an average day in our health system

  • $467 million is spent on health ($19 per person)
  • 406,000 visits are made to a general practitioner (GP)
  • 777,000 prescriptions are filled under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • 21,400 presentations are made to public hospital emergency departments
  • 17,300 hospitalisations are in public hospitals
  • 11,800 hospitalisations are in private hospitals
  • 91,500 services are provided in public hospital outpatient clinics
  • 6,000 elective surgeries are performed
  • 26,000 specialised community mental health care services are provided

Note: The ‘average day’ value is the year total divided by 365.