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.
- Admitted patient care 2017-18: Australian hospital statistics. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. May 2019 (PDF)