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In Australia, primary health care is typically the first contact an individual with a health concern has with the health system. Primary health care broadly encompasses health care that is not related to a hospital visit.

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More than 4 out of 5

Australians reported visiting a general practitioner (GP) in the previous 12 months.

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123 million

non-referred encounters with GPs were claimed through Medicare, from a total of 335 million out-of-hospital services in 2014–15.

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117 million

medications were prescribed by a GP; and a further 11 million medications were provided directly to the patient in 2014–15.

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3.5 million

episodes of care were delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-specific services in 2014–15.

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$55 billion

was spent on primary health care in Australia in 2013–14.