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.


Bushfire reported near Glen Esk

Bushfire reported near Glen Esk

People in the area may be affected by smoke

Newly planted trees stolen straight out of soil in parklands

Newly planted trees stolen straight out of soil in parklands

The group planted 35 trees for National Tree Day earlier this year.

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