A greater portion of the population is susceptible to acute incidents requiring ambulance responses.
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) June 07, 2014
Australia's population relies on the Ambulance Services industry for a critical emergency service. The industry's various government-funded operators are at a constant state of readiness to ensure patients that require emergency or urgent ambulance attention can quickly receive such attention. The full costs of ambulance services are generally not covered by ambulance member subscriptions and private health insurance benefits. According to IBISWorld industry analyst David Whytcross, “State government grants typically make up the cost shortfall, with those grants becoming additional industry revenue.” Consequently, increased ambulance costs translate to increased industry revenue. Demand for ambulance services has increased over the past five years. With the average cost of ambulance responses rising and being subsidised by government grants, industry revenue is forecast to rise by a compound annual 5.3% over the five years through 2013-14, reaching $2.8 billion. In the current year, revenue is forecast to rise 5.5%, consistent with the ongoing growth trend.
Growing demand for ambulance services is primarily due to population growth and ageing. Population growth has widened the potential patient pool, while the ageing population has resulted in a greater portion of the population becoming more susceptible to acute incidents requiring ambulance responses. The industry has also become more involved in providing pre-treatment solutions to reduce the cost burden on more expensive general hospitals, resulting in additional costs for the industry. “Growing private health insurance membership with ambulance coverage has taken away from industry revenue, as although paid out private health benefits contribute to the industry, many consumers have replaced singular ambulance membership for private health extras cover,” says Whytcross. Market share concentration in the industry is high, and major companies include the Ministry of Health, Victorian Department of Health, Department of Community Safety, SA Ambulance Service Incorporated and St John Ambulance Australia WA Ambulance Service Inc.
Projected industry growth over the next five years can be attributed to similar trends. Australia's population will continue to expand, while high-risk older patients will continue to grow in number as the population ages significantly. The rising number of older Australians living alone will drive industry demand, particularly for emergency responses. State governments are expected to continue pushing for increased responsibilities for ambulance operators to reduce unnecessary hospital triage responsibilities, which will increase expenses associated with the industry and subsequently government grants provided to the Ambulance Services industry.
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