An overview of the Australian health care system

Stephen ISBEL, Maggie JAMIESON

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The Australian health care system includes a complex mix of consumers, organisations and health care providers. The Australian health care system is well regarded on the world stage (OECD 2013), with quality staff and facilities, good health outcomes and strong engagement of consumers. This complex system has many challenges such as determining access to services, prioritising health issues, funding, ensuring equity in publicly funded services and addressing variations in health outcomes. This chapter defines primary and secondary health care and the services delivered in these sectors, and the expenditure required to fund health care services. It also describes some of the defining aspect of the system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOccupational Therapy in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationProfessional and Practice Issues
EditorsTed Brown, Helen Bourke-Taylor, Stephen Isbel, Reinie Cordier
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAllen & Unwin
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781925575026
ISBN (Print)9781925266634
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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