States carry hospital costs

State governments' hospital spending increased 79% in 10 years, which was almost double the growth of Federal Government hospital funding in the same period.

The latest health expenditure report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows $55.9 billion was spent on hospitals in the 2012-13 financial year.

The report showed state governments' hospital spending increased $10.6 billion between 2002-03 and 2012-2013.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth spending increased by about $5.4 billion or 34% in the same period.

For primary healthcare, total spending grew from $32.7 billion to $52.9 billion over the same 10-year period.

But the cost of primary healthcare, which includes GPs and allied health, was shared evenly between the Federal Government and non-government sources.

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