Almost half of Australians who needed to see a GP report that they visited a GP four or more times during the year (Figure 12). This rate has remained steady over the past four years.31
Patient age and gender have an effect on frequency of presentations, with females seeing their GP more often than males, and older people visiting their GP more regularly than younger people.
Of patients who visited a GP, one in two females (52%) visited their GP four or more times in 2018–19, compared to two in five (41%) of males. Fifty-eight per cent of people aged ≥55 visited their GP four or more times in 2018–19, compared to 40% of people between 15 and 54 years of age (Figure 12, Figure 13).