01.Report shows NSW has room for improvement
A report that compares the healthcare of NSW to Australia and 10 other countries has found that 15% of patients in NSW said they would skip a consultation or medication due to cost.
According to the report, published by the Bureau of Health Information, in 2013, 29% of NSW adults also reported not visiting the dentist due to cost – higher than the UK and Germany.
NSW has the highest rate of Caesarean delivery of the international comparators, with c-sections making up 319 of every 1000 births in NSW hospitals in 2011, a 32% increase since 2001.
The good news is that NSW compared favourably overall in the international context, with the third highest percentage of adults responding that the health system worked "pretty well and only minor changes were needed to make the system work better", placing NSW behind only the United Kingdom and Sweden.