This report examines Australia’s health system spending in response to the COVID–19 pandemic over the period 2019–20 to 2021–22. It covers funding by source and by areas of expenditure: primary health care, hospitals, referred medical services, aged care and other health related areas of spending. This report also compares Australia’s additional health expenditure and excess mortality during COVID–19 to other countries.
- Cat. no: HWE 96
Total estimated health spending on the response to COVID-19 was $47.9 billion (2019-20 to 2021-22)
$27.9 billion was spent on primary care, $6.1 billion of which was on the vaccine roll out
Individuals spent an estimated $0.9 billion on COVID–19 related health goods and services
Australia fared well compared to other countries for additional health spending and excess mortality during the pandemic