Proportion of women of reproductive age (aged 15-49 years) who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all Australians are able to access high quality health care by providing both free and subsidised healthcare services, through the public hospital system and the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). The MBS covers a wide range of reproductive services including consultations with general practitioners (GPs) and specialists such as gynaecologists, the insertion and removal of devices such as intrauterine devices (IUD) and hormone implants, sterilisation, assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and pregnancy management.
The Government provides free hospital services to public patients, subsidises services rendered to private patients in hospital, and provides benefits for services provided out-of-hospital, such as consultations. Pregnant women are free to choose whether they access public or private sector obstetric services and the provision of Medicare rebates for these services supports that choice.