3.14 Access to services compared with need

This measure reports on the use of various types of health services, and potential barriers to accessing these services.

Why is it important?

This measure reports on the use of various types of health services (for example, primary care, hospital, dental and allied health and post‑acute care and palliative care) and potential barriers to accessing these services. Indigenous Australians have significantly poorer health status than non‑Indigenous Australians. Inequalities in health care access and use may further exacerbate inequalities in health status (OECD 2009). As a result, access to health care when needed is essential to closing the gap in life expectancy.

Related measures

Data sources

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • Medicare Data
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey
  • National Elective Surgery Waiting Times Data Collection
  • National Health Survey
  • National Hospital Morbidity Database
  • National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database
  • Online Services Report Data Collection
  • Service Activity Reporting

References

  • OECD (Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development) 2009. Measuring disparities in health status and in access and use of health care in OECD countries. Paris: OECD Publishing.