Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2020. Australia's hospitals at a glance 2018-19. Cat. no. HSE 247. Canberra: AIHW. doi:10.25816/eb1n-rn89
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2020). Australia's hospitals at a glance 2018-19. Canberra: AIHW.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Australia's hospitals at a glance 2018-19. AIHW, 2020.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Australia's hospitals at a glance 2018-19. Canberra: AIHW; 2020.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2020, Australia's hospitals at a glance 2018-19, AIHW, Canberra.
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Australia’s hospitals at a glance 2018–19 presents key statistics about Australia’s hospitals and is a companion report to the data presented in the MyHospitals section of the AIHW website.
Hospitals accounted for the highest proportion of spending across all areas of health expenditure (40%)—$74 billion
365,000 emergency admissions to hospital involved surgery
There were 11.5 million hospitalisations in Australia’s public and private hospitals in 2018–19
In 2018–19, there were 8.4 million presentations to emergency departments
Hospitals are an important part of Australia’s health care system. In Australia, public hospitals are largely owned and managed by state and territory governments, and private hospitals are owned and managed by private for-profit and not-for-profit organisations. All hospitals can receive funding from governments, individuals and insurers.
Australia has more than 1,300 public and private hospitals that, in 2018–19, collectively provided almost 30.9 million days of patient care. This is an increase since 2014–15 when 28.7 million days of patient care were provided.
In 2018–19 emergency departments in public hospitals responded to about 8.4 million presentations, and public hospital outpatient clinics delivered about 39.0 million patient services, ranging from pathology to dental treatment. These have also increased since 2014–15, when 7.4 million emergency presentations occurred and 34.9 million patient services were provided.
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