Health in Australia

According to international indicators, the average Australian resident enjoys robust health. Life expectancy in Australia is one of the highest in the world, while its mortality rate is the same as in Western countries. In an opinion poll conducted in 2001, 82% of the population responded that they were in good to excellent health.film Resident Evil: Vendetta online

Nevertheless, an in-depth examination of health reveals several worrisome phenomena in the last decade. Relative to other countries, risk factors such as obesity and alcohol consumption are high. In addition, the population is getting increasingly older, while fewer and fewer babies are being born; currently, the birthrate is 2.1 children per woman. 8.5% of the gross national product was budgeted for health care in 2000, amounting to a sum of $53.7. The states bear the main responsibility for managing health care, while the central government finances most of the budget, primarily for public institutions, but also for a major part of private bodies.

Australia invests hundreds of millions of dollars in research, which is done in hospitals, universities, and bio-technological companies. The leading areas in recent years are neurology, oncology, and psychiatry.

Australia’s health insurance system is called Medicare. It is responsible for most common treatments. From a certain income level upwards, the Australian citizen pays up to 2.5 % of his income for health tax. Many people also use various private health insurances, which cover expenses not included in Medicare.

In an emergency, you can call an operator (tel. 1234) who will refer you to the relevant facility. For calling an ambulance without a doctor, dial 000. For finding specialists, look in the Yellow Pages.

* All data is from the Bureau of Statistics of the Australian government.