Admitted patient care 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics

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In 2015–16, there were about 10.6 million separations in Australia’s public and private hospitals—about 59% occurred in public hospitals. There were 30 million days of patient care reported for admitted patients—20.2 million in public hospitals and 9.7 million in private hospitals. Between 2011–12 and 2015–16: the number of separations rose by 3.5% on average each year; the number of public patient separations rose by an average of 2.9% each year, compared with 5.5% per year for separations paid for by private health insurance; the median waiting time for elective surgery for public patients in a public hospital was 42 days, while it was 20 days for patients who used private health insurance to fund all or part of their admission.

ISSN 2205-5096 (PDF) 1036-613X (Print); ISBN 978-1-76054-116-3; Cat. no. HSE 185; 290pp.;

Publication

Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title & verso title pages
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body content
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 What’s in this report?
      • 1.2 What data are reported?
      • 1.3 What methods are used?
      • 1.4 Additional information
    • 2 How much activity was there?
      • Key findings
      • 2.1 Separations
      • 2.2 Separation rates
      • 2.3 Patient days
      • 2.4 Patient day rates
      • 2.5 Length of stay
      • 2.6 Performance indicator: Average length of stay for selected AR-DRGs
      • 2.7 Performance indicator: Relative stay index
      • 2.8 What types of public hospitals provide admitted patient care?
      • 2.9 Separations for acute admitted patient care
    • 3 Who used these services?
      • Key findings
      • 3.1 Age group and sex
      • 3.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
      • 3.3 Remoteness area
      • 3.4 Socioeconomic status
    • 4 Why did people receive care?
      • Key findings
      • 4.1 Mode and urgency of admission
      • 4.2 Care type
      • 4.3 Principal diagnosis
      • 4.4 How many separations were due to injury and poisoning?
      • 4.5 Performance indicator: Potentially preventable hospitalisations
      • 4.6 Performance indicator: Waiting for residential aged care
    • 5 What services were provided?
      • Key findings
      • 5.1 Broad category of service
      • 5.2 Diagnosis related groups
      • 5.3 Intensive care
      • 5.4 Rehabilitation care
      • 5.5 Palliative care
      • 5.6 How much hospital care was provided in the patient’s home?
      • 5.7 How was care completed?
    • 6 What procedures were performed?
      • Key findings
      • 6.1 Overview of procedures
      • 6.2 How does Australia compare?
      • 6.3 Performance indicator: Rates of service—hospital procedures
      • 6.4 Emergency surgery
      • 6.5 Elective surgery
      • 6.6 Elective surgery waiting times
    • 7 Costs and funding
      • 7.1 What was the relative cost of the care?
      • 7.2 Who paid for the care?
      • 7.3 How much care was contracted between hospitals?
    • 8 What was the safety and quality of the care?
      • Key findings
      • 8.1 Performance indicator: Adverse events
      • 8.2 Performance indicator: Unplanned readmissions
      • 8.3 Performance indicator: Falls resulting in patient harm in hospital
      • 8.4 Patient experience
      • 8.5 Conditions that arose during the hospital stay
      • 8.6 Hospital-acquired diagnoses
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Database quality statement summary
      • National Hospital Morbidity Database
      • Summary of key issues
      • Summary of quality of data provided for the Admitted subacute and non-acute hospital care
      • Data Set Specification
    • Appendix B: Technical appendix
      • Definitions and classifications
    • Appendix C: Hospital performance indicators
      • National health performance reporting
      • The National Health Performance Framework
      • What data are reported?
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2017. Admitted patient care 2015–16: Australian hospital statistics. Health services series no. 75. Cat. no. HSE 185. Canberra: AIHW.



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