What services do Australia's hospitals provide?
Australia's hospitals provide a range of services for:
- non-admitted patients in:
- admitted patients—including emergency and planned (elective) care, maternity services, and medical and surgical services
Variation in data on hospital services
- There are national standards for data on hospital services. However, there are some variations in how hospital services are defined and counted between public and private hospitals but also among the states and territories, and over time.
- For example, admission practices vary for some services, such as chemotherapy and endoscopy. As a result, people receiving the same type of service may be counted as same-day admitted patients in some hospitals, and as non-admitted patients in other hospitals
- In addition, some services are provided by hospitals in some jurisdictions, and by non-hospital health services in others. The national data on hospital care does not include care provided by non-hospital providers, such as community health centres.