Australian Hospital Statistics 1995-96, to be released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Monday, shows that between 1994-95 and 1995-96 hospital admissions across Australia increased by about 5 percent, to 5.2 million. Of these, 70% were to public hospitals and 30% to private hospitals. The report also shows a 2.4% overall increase in the total number of days hospital beds were occupied.
The average length of stay for public acute and private hospitals decreased slightly, from 4.5 to 4.3 days, while the percentage of same day patient admissions continued to rise.
Ms Jenny Hargreaves from the AIHW's Health Division said that in 1995-96 over 40% of the 5.2 million admissions to public acute and psychiatric and private hospitals were for same day patients. "For private hospitals the percentage of same day admissions was almost 50%", she said.
Other findings of Australian Hospital Statistics 1995-96 include:
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