The ACT had the second-highest rate of residents delaying visits to their general practitioner in the country because of the cost last year, behind only Tasmania.
Some 7.1 per cent of Canberrans delayed seeing their GP because of the cost in 2016-17, almost twice the national average of 4.1 per cent, and Tasmania was the only jurisdiction with a higher rate, at 7.5 per cent.
The high rate of ACT residents delaying such appointments was revealed in the latest Productivity Commission report on government services on primary health care, released on Tuesday.
It showed the ACT's rate of residents delaying GP appointments was in the top two every year for the past five, peaking at a proportion of 9.7 per cent in 2014-15, a possible secondary indicator of the territory's low bulk billing rate.
The report also showed the ACT again had the lowest proportion of GPs offering bulk billing services to patients, at 62.1 per cent, compared to the national average of 86 per cent, despite the territory's rate rising from 52.6 per cent ten years ago.
The low proportions of bulk billing in the capital were also reflected in the number of non-referred GP-type services per person, with the ACT's rate at five per cent last year, compared to 6.5 per cent nationally.
The report also showed Canberra had one of the highest proportions of female GPs, compared to male GPs, at 70 female GPs for every 100,000 residents compared to 88.1 for male doctors.
But it showed compared to other jurisdictions, the ACT had the fewest GPs for every 100,000 people, with only 80.7 compared to a national average of 107.
While Canberrans were delaying seeing a doctor due to cost, residents did not seem to be delaying buying medicines as much as most other jurisdictions.
The report showed only 5.6 per cent of ACT residents doing so last year, with only the Northern Territory having a lower rate at 2.9 per cent.