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Health Care Utilisation

  • The majority of IDS-TILDA participants continued to access health services using a medical or GP card

  • Private health insurance was low for people with an intellectual disability at 0.5% compared with 35.0% reported for the TILDA population.

  • There was a trend for increased health service use demonstrated by increases in emergency department admissions, GP use, outpatient appointments and hospital admissions.

  • There were increases in the percentage of participants reporting accessing health screening services including prostate cancer checks and breast checks.

  • There was a much higher rate of flu vaccinations for the ID population (90.9% compared with 47.5% for the older general population).