According to the recent news article posted on the ABC news website, the average cost for individuals are adding up for Australians. The average cost is now more than $1,000 per year, where many Australians are struggling to cover costs particularly for long term illnesses or individuals with a disability. Although in most cases, the Medicare and private health insurance schemes will cover majority of the cost, Australian families are still left with large medical bills to pay due to the gap.
The information sourced from the Consumers Health Forum outlines that Australia is among the top most expensive healthcare systems in the world, where the United Kingdom and France are paying half the cost.
The impact for Australian families have been devastating, with Australians choosing to forgo medical treatment, skip doctors’ appointments and avoid getting medication due to lack of funds to cover the upfront costs.