Here are 10 key stats that reveal what our hospital system looks like and who uses its services
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released its latest statistics on Australia’s hospitals.
1. There were 10.6 million hospitalisations.
2. Of these, 6.3 million were public hospitalisations while 4.3 million were private hospitalisations.
3. Hospitalisations were divided between 701 public hospitals and 630 private hospitals.
4. The average length of stay was 5.7 days in public hospitals and 5.2 days in private hospitals.
5. Females made up 53% of hospitalisations, while Indigenous Australians made up 5%. Compared with other Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were hospitalised about 2.5 times as often overall.
6. People aged 65 and over, who make up 15% of Australia’s population, accounted for 41% of hospitalisations and 48% of patient days.
7. People living in very remote areas were 1.8 times more likely to be hospitalised.
8. Twenty-seven percent were emergency admissions.
9. About 360,000 full-time equivalent staff were employed in providing public hospital services, while Australia’s private hospitals employed about 66,800 full-time equivalent staff.
10. One or more adverse events (including infections, falls resulting in injuries, and problems with medication and medical devices) resulted in, or affected, about 576,000 hospitalisations (5.4% of all hospitalisations).