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released: 17 May 2017 author: AIHW media release

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.

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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?Chapter 2 data tables (471KB XLS)  
      • 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? | Chapter 3 data tables (137KB XLS)
      • 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? | Chapter 4 data tables (179KB XLS)
      • 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? | Chapter 5 data tables (391KB XLS)
      • 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? | Chapter 6 data tables (588KB XLS)
      • 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 | Chapter 7 data tables (170KB XLS)
      • 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? | Chapter 8 data tables (151KB XLS)
      • 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 | Appendix A data tables (154KB XLS)
      • 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

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  1. (23 May 2017) Small change to text on page 195 to match addition of missing footnote about ACT cluster data on Tables 6.41 to 6.51. Previous version (5.3MB PDF)

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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