The health system in Australia is a mix of publicly funded and privately funded health care. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Australia’s health care system achieves good outcomes efficiently, and the country performs well in terms of overall population health status.
Life expectancy for the Australian population is 82.2 years, which is the sixth highest in the OECD. Health expenditure is 8.8 per cent of GDP, which is in line with the OECD average of 8.9 per cent.
The Western Australian Government is investing heavily in its health care infrastructure to support the future health of the population. Over the decade from 2008-2018, the Western Australian Government is investing more than $7 billion building new hospitals and improving existing health facilities across the State.
Health services provided by the government include public hospitals, community health, public health, mental health, dental health, and Aboriginal health.
In its 2015 Global Liveability Ranking, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranks the capital city of Western Australia, Perth, as the eigth most liveable city in the world and ranks its healthcare system as ideal.