Asthma in Australia 2008 

Table 6.4
Proportion of population dispensed long-acting beta-agonists, by demographic characteristics, 2006

Demographic characteristics

       All ages

 

Age 5–34 years

Number

Per cent

 

Number

Per cent

Sex

Male

398,793

3.9

 

124,889

2.9

Female

488,520

4.7

 

130,956

3.2

Age group

 

 

 

 

 

0–4 years

17,554

1.4

 

..

..

5–14 years

84,495

3.1

 

84,495

3.1

15–34 years

171,350

3.0

 

171,350

3.0

35–64 years

359,354

4.4

 

..

..

65 years and over

254,552

9.3

 

..

..

Socioeconomic status

SEIFA 1 (most disadvantaged)

182,503

4.8

 

50,109

3.0

SEIFA 2

142,949

4.9

 

38,949

3.1

SEIFA 3

166,370

4.8

 

48,145

3.2

SEIFA 4

198,700

4.5

 

59,015

3.0

SEIFA 5 (least disadvantaged)

188,763

4.5

 

57,225

3.1

Remoteness category

Major Cities

591,514

4.4

 

177,132

3.1

Inner Regional

192,330

4.5

 

50,797

3.0

Other areas(a)

103,008

4.0

 

27,750

2.7

Concessional status(b)

Government health concession card holders

446,699

8.7

 

58,586

5.2

No government health concession card

338,557

3.5

 

112,764

2.8

All persons

887,851

4.3

 

255,845

3.0

.. Not applicable.

(a) Other areas include Outer Regional, Remote and Very Remote.

(b) Limited to persons aged 15 years and over.

Notes: The National Health Survey was used to estimate the total number of Australians with a government concession card. SEIFA = Socio-economic Indexes for Areas.

Sources: Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; Australian Bureau of Statistics 2004–05 National Health Survey.

 

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