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Hospitals play an important role in Australia’s health care system, providing care to many Australians each year. Services are provided both to admitted patients (including for emergency and non-emergency, or what is known as ‘elective’, care) and non-admitted patients (through outpatient clinics and emergency departments).
This report provides an overview of national data available about Australia’s hospitals and the care they provide.
In Australia, hospital care can be provided by both public and private hospitals. Public hospitals are largely owned and managed by state and territory governments, with funding also provided by the Australian government. Private hospitals are owned and managed by private for-profit and not-for-profit organisations funded through charges to individuals that are often subsidised through a combination of government and private health insurance payments.
Hospitals are very diverse in location, size and the services provided. In 2020–21, there were 697 public hospitals in Australia, while the most recent data for private hospitals (for 2016–17) show that there were 657 private hospitals (including day hospital facilities) (ABS 2018).
On an average day in Australia’s hospitals:
(Source NHMD 2020–21, NPHED 2020–21, NNAPEDCD 2020–21, NESWTD 2020–21, NAPCD 2020–21, NSABDC 2019–20)
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