Tasmania’s cheapest and most expensive areas for doctors’ visits have been revealed in a new analysis of Medicare data.
Out-of-pocket costs for patients in Tasmania’s south in the federal electorate of Franklin are the highest in the state at $40.80 on average, according to federal Health Department figures.
Braddon in the state’s north west had the lowest out-of-pocket costs at $34.67, an analysis by the federal Labor Party shows.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’s Tasmanian spokesman Dr Bastian Seidel, a GP in the Huon Valley, said some patients were not accessing health care because they couldn’t afford it.
But he said many factors impacted costs, including IT, staff and transport costs, council rates.
They were generally higher for rural areas and doctors had “little to no support from local councils or government”.