This snapshot presents an overview of the health expenditure of households in Australia, focusing on medical care and health costs.
This article is based mainly on data from the 2003–04 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Household Expenditure Survey (HES) and the 2004–05 ABS National Health Survey (NHS). HES data shows net household costs i.e. out-of-pocket expenditure after Medicare or private health insurance refunds. Data from the HES uses households as the unit of analysis, so data are presented on a household, rather than an individual basis.