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Australia’s hospital services are provided by public and private hospitals. Largely, public hospitals are owned and managed by state and territory governments, and private hospitals are owned and managed by private for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.

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People living in Very remote areas were 1.8 times more likely to be hospitalised 60% were same-day hospitalisations. 40% involved an overnight stay 58% of radiotherapy was curative (50% started treatment within 14 days, 90% started treatment within 29 days) For those aged over 60, more radiotherapy courses were delivered to males than females Of male patients being treated for prostate cancer, 50% started treatment within 10 days, and 90% within 29 days 1 in 4 hospitalisations involved surgery For patients who were clinically assessed as emergency patients, 91% began treatment on the same day or the next day Of female patients being treated for breast cancer, 50% started treatment within 8 days, and 90% within 28 days The ratio between male and female radiotherapy patients was 1:1 For people aged less than 60 years, more radiotherapy courses were delivered to females than males The average length of stay was over 5 days (5.7 days in public hospitals; 5.2 days in private hospitals) 41% were for people aged over 65 47% of females who received radiotherapy had a principal diagnosis of breast cancer 70% of radiotherapy courses were for people aged 60 and over 2% of courses were emergency (where treatment should begin within 24 hours). Most of these cases were palliative 50% of patients received treatment within 9 days, and 90% received treatment within 27 days 38% of radiotherapy was palliative (50% started treatment within 6 days, 90% started treatment within 19 days) 27% of males who received radiotherapy had a principal diagnosis of prostate cancer 149,000 hospitalisations involved a stay in intensive care About 60,600 radiotherapy courses began in 2014–15—67% delivered by public providers and 33% by private providers 27% were emergency admissions 10.6 million hospitalisations (6.3 million in public hospitals, 4.3 million in private hospitals) The older a patient is, the more likely they were to be treated with palliative intent rather than curative intent

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