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When deciding on the specifications of an indicator, the Authority investigates and implements approaches to optimise fair comparisons of hospitals across Australia.
The Authority implements as many of these approaches as can be supported by the depth and quality of data available. For this report, the Authority used an approach consistent to that used for the report, Hospital Performance: Costs of acute admitted patients in public hospitals in 2011–12.
The following six approaches were used to support fair comparisons between hospitals:
Peer groups allow hospitals of differing size, service provision and rurality to be compared.
The peer group version used in this work is based on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW’s) peer classification that existed in 2011–12; and modified for rurality of a hospital. These peer groups categorise hospitals according to size and type.
The AIHW classification had three categories for major and large hospitals, according to hospital size and hospital type. The Authority modified these three groups into four appropriate groups: major metropolitan (A1.1), major regional (A1.2), large metropolitan (B1) and large regional (B2). This modification is presented in Table 4.
Hospitals in the major peer group were then split into metropolitan and regional groups using the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Remoteness Area, 2006.
The In Focus report and website focus on comparing and contrasting information from major and large public hospitals, as these hospitals account for the vast majority of same-day and overnight admissions; as well as a large proportion of hospital expenditure.
The In Focus report includes major metropolitan hospitals only (A1.1). The website includes these hospitals plus large metropolitan hospital and major regional and large regional public hospitals (A1.2, B1, B2).
The average Cost per NWAU for a peer group is calculated by tallying the total comparable cost for all hospitals within the peer groups that are included in the report, divided by the total number of NWAUs for those hospitals. This overall average is considered more accurate than individual hospital results and is rounded to the nearest $10.
Contextual information has been provided to assist with the interpretation of results. The percentage of private patients has been calculated by dividing the number of private and self-funded patient separations by total in-scope separations.
AIHW peer groups*
Modified AIHW peer groups
No. of hospitals†
No. of specialist hospitals
No. of nonspecialist hospitals with an emergency department
Large major city
* Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Hospitals, Resourcing and Classifications Group, 2013.
† Numbers are accurate for AIHW’s 2011–12 peer classification as at the date of publishing.
‡ Calvary Mater Hospital [Newcastle] (NSW), Monash Medical Centre - Moorabbin (Vic), Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Vic), Repatriation General Hospital (SA) and The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Vic).
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