Spending on health in Australia (recurrent and capital expenditure combined) was $161.6 billion in 2014–15, $4.4 billion (2.8%) higher in real terms than in 2013–14. This was the third consecutive year that growth in health expenditure was below the 10-year average (4.6% between 2004–05 and 2014–15).
Growth in health expenditure per person was also relatively low, at less than a half of the average annual growth over the decade (1.4% compared with 2.9%).
Despite the low growth, the share of the economy (GDP) represented by health reached 10.0% for the first time.
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Publication table of contents
- Preliminary materials
- Title and verso pages
- Total health expenditure
- Government expenditure
- Non-government expenditure
- Body section
- 1 Introduction
- 1.1 What is health expenditure?
- 1.2 The structure of the health sector and its flow of funds
- 1.3 Structure of this report
- 1.4 Changes to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates
- 1.5 Revisions to Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates
- 2 Health expenditure
- 2.1 Health expenditure and the GDP
- 2.2 Government health expenditure and tax revenue
- 2.3 Health expenditure per person
- 2.4 Recurrent health expenditure
- 2.5 International comparisons
- 3 Sources of funds
- 3.1 Broad trends
- 3.2 Capital expenditure
- 3.3 Australian Government expenditure
- 3.4 State and territory expenditure
- 3.5 Non-government expenditure
- 3.6 Individuals
- End matter
- Appendix A: National health expenditure matrixes
- Appendix B: State and territory health expenditure matrixes
- Appendix C: Data sources and methods
- Appendix D: Data quality statement for AIHW health expenditure data—2014–15 release
- List of tables
- List of figures
- List of boxes
- Related publications
AIHW 2016. Health expenditure Australia 2014–15. Health and welfare expenditure series no. 57. Cat. no. HWE 67. Canberra: AIHW.