Introduction

Hospitals are an important part of Australia's health landscape, providing services to many Australians each year. A summary measure of their significant role is the amount that is spent on them—an estimated $59 billion in 2013–14, about 3.7% of Australia's gross domestic product, or about $2,542 per person (AIHW 2015c). Hospital spending has been increasing faster than inflation—adjusted for inflation, it increased by 4.2% each year, on average, between 2009–10 and 2013–14.

Access to our hospital services, the quality of the services, and their funding and management arrangements are under constant public scrutiny. This summary report presents an overview of statistics on our hospitals to inform public discussion and debate on these issues.

While most data presented in this report are for 2014–15, data for hospital funding were for 2013–14. More detailed statistics and information on how to interpret the data are in the companion reports:

Information on private hospital resources and private hospital emergency department activity was sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics publication Private hospitals, Australia, 2014–15.

Further detail is also available in spreadsheets and data cubes.

References

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016. Private hospitals, Australia 2014–15. ABS cat. no. 4390.0. Canberra: ABS.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)  2015a Elective surgery waiting times 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics 

AIHW 2015b. Emergency department care 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics. Health services series no. 65. Cat. no. HSE 168. Canberra: AIHW.

AIHW 2015c. Health expenditure Australia 2013–14. Health and welfare expenditure series no. 54. Cat. no. HWE 63. Canberra: AIHW.

AIHW 2015d.Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in Australia's public hospitals 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics Health services series no. 67. Cat no. HSE 171. Canberra: AIHW.

AIHW 2016a: Admitted patient care 2014–15: Australian hospital statistics. Health services series no. 68. Cat. no. HSE 172. Canberra: AIHW.

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