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Publicly Funded Hospital Admissions Grew Faster in Australia Than Private Insurance Funded Admissions

Hospital admissions have risen faster than population growth in Australia, and last financial year saw a rise in influenza related hospitalisations, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Admitted patient care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics, showed that 60% of the 11.3 million hospital admissions were to public hospitals, and that over the past 5 years, publicly funded admissions grew faster than admissions funded by private insurance (4.7% average growth per year compared with 3.6%). The total number of hospital admissions grew by an average of 3.8% per year over this period.

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