Australian Hospital Statistics 1999-00 is the latest in the Institute's series of reports providing annual summaries on characteristics of Australia's public hospitals and on the hospital care of the nearly six million people admitted annually to public and private hospitals in Australia. Information on Australia's hospitals includes the numbers of hospitals and hospital beds, and key statistics on the resources, expenditure and revenue of public hospitals and on the services they provide. Data on a range of hospital performance indicators are also reported, using the nationally agreed framework for public hospital performance indicators. Detailed statistics are also presented on the characteristics and hospital care of admitted patients, including the age, sex and diagnoses of people admitted to hospital and the procedures they underwent. Information on all reported procedures and external causes of injury and poisoning are reported for the first time.