The federal government was failing Australians when it came to health by underfunding public hospitals and shifting the cost burden to individuals, the South Australian government said.

SA Health Minister John Hill was responding to the Caring For Our Health report released on Sunday which showed the federal government was underfunding public hospitals by $1.1 billion a year.

It also estimated that within 20 years the Commonwealth would only contribute 25 per cent of the money required to run public hospitals, leaving the states and territories to cover the remaining 75 per cent.

"The federal government is failing Australians - we have a shortage of GPs, and health costs are rising," Mr Hill said in a statement.

Fed govt accused of failing on health


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