Sunshine Coasters visit GPs more than most Australians
NEW information has shown that people are two to three times more likely to avoid seeing a GP due to cost in some areas.
Nearly 10% of people living in some parts of Australia say they have delayed or avoided seeing a GP due to cost - more than two to three times the rate seen in some other parts of the country.
The Sunshine Coast however had one of the highest rates of GP visits in the past 12 months with 85-86% of adults in some Sunshine Coast towns saying they saw a GP.
The Sunshine Coast was one of only six Primary Health Networks (PHN) to record this high rate.
The new data update also reveals people's experiences across 14 measures of the health care system including access, cost barriers to care, admissions to hospital, whether Australians had a preferred GP and how they rated their health.
The results are intended to help PHNs better understand the health care needs of their communities.
PHNs were established by the Australian Government in July to support primary health services across Australia.