How often do Australians visit the doctor?

Angus Kidman 16 November 2016

WaitingRoom_Shutterstock

And are we happy with how long we'll wait for an appointment?

So Australia is all like "I've got a Medicare card and I'm going to use it". Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Patient Experience Survey show that 82% of us visited a doctor at least once in 2015-2016. However, those figures did vary based on age, gender and location. Here's the breakdown of people who needed to see a GP over that period by age and sex:

As you'd expect, proportion of visits goes up with age. Women are more likely to visit a doctor than men, although this gap evens out somewhat as people get older.

Chances are we're not paying for that initial visit. Bulk billing remains the most common model for GPS receiving payment. However, if we're sent off to a specialist, we're likely to end up out of pocket, even if we do have insurance.

We're also probably not waiting too long for an appointment. 81.1% of us think we didn't have to wait too long to see a GP.

What will our experience be like when we get there? The chart below shows how patients feel about whether their GP listened carefully, showed respect and spent enough time on their problems.

Nothing's perfect, but that seems like a pretty good report card for the medical profession down under.

Angus Kidman's Findings column looks at new developments and research that help you save money, make wise decisions and enjoy your life more. It appears Monday through Friday on finder.com.au.

Latest news headlines

Picture: Shutterstock

More great ideas from finder.com.au

Get a life insurance quote
Get a life insurance quote

Find out what it costs to protect yourself and your family

More info...
Refinancing home loans
Refinancing home loans

Choose from offers with rates as low as 3.39% p.a.

More info...
Google Pixel
Google Pixel

Compare plans for Google's flagship Android phone

More info...
Christmas ideas
Christmas ideas

Visit our Christmas homepage for gift ideas, markets, travel & deals

More info...

Ask a Question

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Disclaimer: At finder.com.au we provide factual information and general advice. Before you make any decision about a product read the Product Disclosure Statement and consider your own circumstances to decide whether it is appropriate for you.
Rates and fees mentioned in comments are correct at the time of publication.
By submitting this question you agree to the finder.com.au privacy policy, receive follow up emails related to finder.com.au and to create a user account where further replies to your questions will be sent.

Ask a question
feedback