Rural barriers to healthcare a serious pain

Dr Mehdi Sanati pour

Dr Mehdi Sanati pour

MORE than half of Australians living in rural and regional areas believe cost and travel time are a key barrier to seeking specialist healthcare, a Bupa survey has revealed. 

Fifty-five per cent also said the cost to travel to a specialist was a barrier to accessing care, while 43 per cent listed the distance to travel to specialist services as an impeding factor.

The results come after a 2018 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare study which showed not having a specialist nearby was a barrier to seeing one for 58 per cent of people living in remote or very remote areas.

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