Australians receive their healthcare from private and government services. Australia’s Medicare is publicly funded, universal healthcare and was instituted in 1984. Medicare co-exists with a private healthcare system and is funded by a 2% Medicare tax along with a 1% tax imposed on high income earners who don’t use private healthcare services.
Australia’s approach to healthcare can be sumamrized in this statement by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: “The health status of a country incorporates a number of different measures to indicate the overall level of health. It is more than merely the presence or absence of disease; it includes measures of physical illness, levels of functioning and mental wellbeing.”