This study is the first in Australia to comprehensively examine service use and costs for 4 health services in the year before a person’s death using linked data from AIHW’s National Integrated Health Services Information Analysis Asset.
Data visualisations show service use and costs by sex, age, service type, cause of death, and use of residential aged care. Comparisons are shown to people who were not in their last year of life.
- Cat. no: HWE 85
Average health service costs in the last year of life were highest for people who died from bowel cancer
Health service use and associated costs varied by whether older people used residential aged care in their last year
Average health service costs in the last year of life increased with age until, at age 70, they began to fall
97% of people used at least one health service in scope in their final year