Top Healthcare Issues in Australia

Do you know that the healthcare system in Australia is one of the most admired in the world? Being employed for decades now, the system has seen the support of authorities, the states and the Australian people-a big difference from the current U.S. health system that is still under debate. Notably, with the help of the national government and the individual states, you are able to provide one of the best healthcare services in the world. This is proven by the continuous high average life expectancy and the low infant death rates in the country year after year.

However, just like anything else, the Australian healthcare system also faces tough challenges; issues that, no matter how faultless the system may seem, are bound to arise. While these issues may seem inevitable, with further development and research, the Department of Health and Ageing may find solutions to these problems.

The following are the Top Healthcare Issues facing Australia today.

Indigenous Health

One of the biggest challenges in the healthcare system of Australia is the low health services offered to Aboriginal Australians. Statistics indicate that these nationals are far less healthy than the rest of the Australian community. The mortality rate of Aboriginal Australians, especially those in Torres Strait Island, is two to four times higher than non-Indigenous Australians.

The average age of death is also considerably younger than those living in the city. According to a study published by the World Health Organization, in 2003 the median age for death in Indigenous men averaged 46.3 years in the Northern Territory and 56.8 years old in New South Wales. Women death age range from 50 years old in South Australia to 62.1 years in Queensland-a big letdown from the average 81.9 years old of the entire country.

The leading cause of death for indigenous men and women is cardiovascular diseases, which includes heart disease and stroke. This is followed by injuries (for men), malignant neoplesia, respiratory diseases and endocrine, nutritional and metabolic disorders.

Cost of New Medical Technology

The continuous development of medical technology has been astounding. New machines are regularly being discovered that advance the field of healthcare to greater heights. But just as well, these technologies post greater costs not only to the government but to the society at-large. Medical advances such as radiological scanners, non-invasive surgical equipment and many more, come at considerable hefty costs. With this, the Department of Health and Ageing faces tough decisions as to where and to whom such expenses must be applied.

Placing these costly but needed technological devices on the current healthcare system, Medicare, or on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) will definitely increase the availability of these advancements to the public; however, it will also certainly raise the costs for Australians. On the other hand, not employing such advancements will raise questions, if not debates, as to why these devices are not available in the country. This will generate heated discussions and inquiries as to where the healthcare budget is being allocated to.

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