Health spend surges

Pharmacy Daily - - Front page -

AUS­TRALIA spent over $180 bil­lion on health in 2016-17, with the sec­tor grow­ing at its fastest rate in the last five years, ac­cord­ing to a new Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Wel­fare re­port.

Al­most 70% of to­tal spend­ing was funded by govern­ments, with some of the in­crease at­trib­uted to higher PBS costs due to the $1.7 bil­lion in­clu­sion of new hep­ati­tis C drugs.

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