Population and Life Expectancy
Australians over 65 are forecast to grow at 3.1% p.a. over the next decade. Government data estimates by 2055, average life expectancy will be 95.1 for men and 96.6 years for women.
67% of Australian adults are overweight or obese, 14.5% of people aged 18 years and over smoked daily (16.9% of men and 12.1% of women). In 2017-18, 580,000 Australians aged 18 years and over had some type of “heart disease”.
During 2020-21, spending on health by all governments amounted to $156 billion, which accounted for 15.4% of total government tax expenses and represented 26.8% of government tax revenue.
Real Per Capita Expenditure
Over the last 20 years, health expenditure has increased from $91 billion to $201 billion, an average growth rate of 4.0% per year, compared to average annual inflation of 2.4% over the same period.
Per Capita Utilisation
78.6% of people, or 20 million Australians, had a long-term health condition in 2020-21, with 46.6% (11.9 million) reporting at least one selected chronic condition, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Sources: ABS Census Data 2021, National Health Survey 2020-21, AIWHHealth expenditure Australia 2020-21.