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Australian health expenditure 1974/75 to 1977/78: an analysis



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FROM THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH THE HON. M. J. R. MACKELLAR

AUSTRALIAN HEALTH EXPENDITURE 1974-75 TO .

1977-78: AN ANALYSIS

The Minister for Health, the Hon. Michael MacKellar,

released today a publication, 'Australian Health Expendi­

ture 1974-75 to 1977-78: An Analysis'.

The publication includes the latest statistics of

health expenditure according to the source of funding and

the nature of the expenditure.

Mr MacKellar said that, in assessing health policy

options, it was important that the Government had available

.to it data showing the financial impact of past health

financing arrangements. .

. He said his Department would continue to prepare the

type of statistics contained in the publication, and to

extend the scope of the analysis. .

Note: Two tables from the publication are attached.

CANBERRA: 7 July 1980

CURRENT HEALTH EXPENDITURE. AUSTRALIA, 1Q77-78: AREA OF

EXPENDITURE BY SOURCE OE FUNDS (S MILLION)

Area of Expenditure Source of Funds

Government ' Private

Commonwealth Other Total Health Individuals Other Total Total Government Government Insurance Funds Private

Institutional Services

Hospitals

Nursing Homes

Other

1257

299

17

1239

. 46

20

2496

- 345

37

501

34

'3

84

137

54

135

3

720

171

60

3216

516

97

TOTAL 1572 1305 2877 538 275 138 951 3828

Non-Institutional Services

Medical Services395 395 629 97 55 781 1176

Dental Services 17 8 25 75 187 - 262287

Community Health 105 45 150 1 • . - 1 151

Services

Pharmaceuticals 295 295 4 342 3 349 644

Other 35 28 63 27 .169 7 203 266 ■

TOTAL 847 81 928 736 . 795 65 1596 2524

Other ^ 141 113 256 135 36 - 171 427

TOTAL CURRENT 2560 1500 40601409 1106. 203 2718 6778

EXPENDITURE · ·

(1) Preventive Services, Administration, Research.

TOTAL HEALTH EXPENDITURE AUSTRALIA 1974-75 TO 1977-78

1974-75 $M .

1975-76 $M 1976-77 8H

1977-78 8M

Current cash outlay 3838 . 5124 5925 6778

Capital investment 298 472 503 497

Total expenditure · 4136 5596 6428 7275

Percentage increase over the previous year %_ % 1

- current cash outlay . ♦33.5 +15.6 +14.4

- capital investment +58.4 + 6.6 . - 1.2

- total expenditure '■ : +35.3 +14.9 +13.2