A number of shortfalls in the public health system have been identified in a new report, which illustrates the discrepancies between healthcare providers.
Carried out by experts from the University of New South Wales and the University of South Australia, the study found that appropriate healthcare is only given in 57 per cent of cases.
Some medical facilities were shown to offer best practice care in 86 per cent of encounters, compared to just 32 per cent for others.
Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite of the University of New South Wales suggested that immediate action must be taken to improve the situation.
"To plan for a sustainable healthcare system into the future, it's important to maximise the rate at which patients receive appropriate care so we can address the gaps in care that have been identified," he commented.
The best way Australians can ensure they are getting care that is tailored to their needs is by taking out private health insurance – this gives you the opportunity to avoid waiting times and choose the doctor you want a consultation with.
The study found that just 18 per cent of people with asthma had an action plan in place for when they had an attack, while 90 per cent of those with sinusitis were prescribed antibiotics, despite them being ineffective.