admitted patient care, including for elective surgery
emergency department care, and
outpatient (non-admitted patient) care.
From 2014–15 to 2018–19, activity in all these sectors of the Australian hospital system steadily increased, however COVID-19 has impacted activity levels since 2019–20.
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Bookmark 1 Admitted patient care
There were 11.6 million hospitalisations in 2021–22. This was a 2.1% decrease from 2020–21.
Bookmark 2 Emergency department care
There were 8.8 million emergency department presentations in 2021–22.
Bookmark 3 Non-admitted patient care
There were 55 million non-admitted patient service events provided by public hospitals in various settings in 2021–22.
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Admitted patient care hospitalisations in public and private hospitals
there were 11.6 million hospitalisations, covering 31.8 million days of patient care
59% (6.8 million) of hospitalisations were in public hospitals, accounting for 68% of days of patient care (21.7 million)
41% (4.8 million) of hospitalisations were in private hospitals, accounting for 32% of days of patient care (10.0 million)
63% (7.3 million) of hospitalisations were same-day and 37% (4.3 million) included an overnight stay.
Between 2014–15 and 2018–19 (pre-COVID-19), hospitalisations increased by an average of 3.3% per year. However, between 2019–20 and 2021–22, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of hospitalisations and patient days have fluctuated.
In the last year, since 2020–21, while there has been a 2.1% decrease in hospitalisations, there has been a 2.0% increase in days of patient care provided.
In 2021–22, there were 8.79 million presentations (24,100 daily average) to public hospital emergency departments, slightly fewer than in 2020–21 (8.81million) – a decrease of 0.2%.
From 2019–20 to 2020–21, presentations to emergency departments increased by 6.9% after a decrease of 1.4% between 2018–19 and 2019–20. Overall, emergency department presentations have increased from 321 per 1,000 population in 2017–18 to 339 in 2021–22.
Non-admitted patient services are provided by outpatient clinics in Australia’s public hospitals. These services include patients attended to by specialist medical practitioners or allied health practitioners or having diagnostic or other procedures.