Government recurrent expenditure on primary and community health was around $36.9 billion in 2016-17.
- Australian Government expenditure on general practice in Australia was $8.8 billion, or $357 per person, in 2017‑18.
- Australian Government expenditure on the PBS was around $8.5 billion, or $341 per person, in 2017-18.
- Primary and community health services aim to promote health, prevent illness and to support people to manage their health issues in the community, by providing services that are:
- timely, affordable and accessible to all
- appropriate and responsive to meet the needs of individuals throughout their lifespan and communities
- high quality and safe
- well co-ordinated to ensure continuity of care where more than one service type, and/or ongoing service provision is required
Governments aim for primary and community health services to meet these objectives in an equitable and efficient manner.