ABS survey reveals almost all over 45s have a usual GP
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently released information from the Survey of Health Care, Australia 2016. The survey focused on the over 45 age bracket who had seen a GP in the last 12 months.
Generally, the study found that people aged 45 years and over were well-informed about their health care. In welcome news, 98 per cent of Australians in this age bracket who had seen a GP in the past 12 months had a usual GP or a usual practice. A significant 65 per cent had long standing relationships with their GPs – with long defined as five years or more.
A high rate of those surveyed (88 per cent) reported that they had received enough information surrounding their care or treatment from a health professional.