Preventative Health: How much does Australia spend and is it enough?

Posted by Sharyn Rognrust, Category: Health Planning & Design, Health Promotion, Health Reform, Population Health, Prevention,

In this report, we summarise the available evidence for national levels of expenditure on preventive health over the past 15 years, and compare spending in Australia with that of selected OECD countries. We interrogate the question of whether Australia spends enough on preventive health and describe a framework for evaluating this question more systematically. We also briefly describe funding models for Australia and for select OECD countries and raise questions about how these models might affect the efficiency with which resources allocated to prevention are used link