Most Important issues in Health System

Aug 22, 2011
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Q. What are the three most important issues in Australia’s health system for you personally? (Number from 1 to 3)

Total 3 most important

First Second Third
Cost of health insurance 44% 19% 11% 14%
Quality of care in hospitals 39% 15% 13% 11%
Cost of primary care i.e. GP, specialists 34% 10% 13% 11%
Access to a GP 32% 14% 11% 7%
Cost of dental services 32% 9% 11% 12%
Access to emergency departments 30% 9% 11% 10%
Elective surgery waiting lists 26% 9% 8% 9%
Cost of hospital care 19% 4% 8% 7%
Availability of mental health services 12% 4% 3% 5%
Support for aged care 12% 3% 4% 5%
Don’t know 5% 5% 1% 1%

The most important health issues were thought to be cost of health insurance (44%), quality of care in hospitals (39%) and cost of primary care (34%). Access to a GP (32%), cost of dental services (32%) and access to emergency departments were also important.

Those on lower incomes tended to give greater importance to access to a GP (37% of those earning under $1,000pw) and cost of dental services (42% of those earning under $1,000pw). 24% of those aged 55+ nominated support for aged care as important.

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