Medicare has improved equity of use of some but not all health care services in Australia
There is considerable evidence for disparities in health and risk factors for ill health of Australians on the basis of socioeconomic status.1 While the health of the population is improving overall (eg, increasing life expectancy, reduced cardiovascular mortality), these disparities are remaining or even widening.2 As we move from higher to lower socioeconomic status many markers of health and disability become progressively worse — what has been described as the social gradient.3
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