Source: The Herald Sun, Wednesday, June 29, 1994, p.XX
Dr Lawrence said the report was critical In Improving health policy. "One of the benefits of publications such as this is that it allows us to identify the weaknesses In the system. the areas where we need further Improvements she said. The report also found: RURAL Australians had higher death rates for all major causes of death except for cancer and mental disorders. IT appeared the HIV-AIDS epidemic had peaked, but as the number of undiagnosed infections was unknown warned against complacency. CANCER accounted for 27 per cent of male and 24 per cent of female deaths, although In general people were surviving the disease longer. HEART attack mortality was declining at an annual rate of 4 per cent for men and 2.7 per cent for women DENTAL decay In 12. year- old Australian children had fallen by 46 per cent since 1977. FROM Page 1 REAL health funding from all governments was Increasing at an annual rate of 3.5 per cent, and was $1944 per person in 1992-93. STATISTICS were deficient In many areas Including mental health, most diseases, Aboriginal health, abortion, and state-compiled figures. The Opposition health spokesperson. Mrs Bronwyn Bishop, said the report also highlighted the decline In private health Insurance coverage, now down to 37.6 per cent. "The report predicted that there will be a continued decline In both basic and supplementary coverage of private health Insurance to 31.1 per cent in June 1997," she said. Mrs Bishop said the report also estimated between 103,000 and 112,000 people were waiting for elective surgery In public hospitals last year, and a third had waited more than six months.
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