Journal article

Barriers to health care reported by carers of older Australians: new evidence from the 2018 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers

Jeromey Temple, Frances Batchelor, Kerry Hwang, Jay Stiles, Lidia Engel

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2021

Abstract

Carers play an important role in assisting older care recipients with their daily lives and attending to their health care. Yet research has largely overlooked the barriers to health care that carers of older Australians themselves experience. This study finds that, among those attempting to access care, approximately 31.2% of carers of older Australians reported a barrier to health care, with one-third of this group reporting barriers at many points in the healthcare system. Barriers to care were considerable for those attempting to access dental, GP and medical specialist services (27.8%, 18.3% and 15.2% respectively), but lower for accessing hospital services (8.6%). People living with a ..

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