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Australian Hospital Statistics 2017-18 Released

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New reports released by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW):

  1. Hospital resources 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics

In 2017–18:

  • There were 693 public hospitals and 657 private hospitals in Australia.
  • The Australian Government provided 41% of public hospital funding and 24% of private hospital funding.
  • Recurrent expenditure on public hospitals was $71 billion, with about 62% of this spent on salaries, wages and superannuation.

2. Non-admitted patient care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics

Non-admitted patient care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics includes information on consultations with specialist medical practitioners, provision of diagnostic or other procedures, and care provided by allied health or clinical nurse specialists between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018

In 2017–18, there were 15.6 million non-admitted patient service events for females, compared with 12.5 million for males. Women accounted for 70% of service events for people aged 15–44 (the age range that includes most services for Obstetrics and Midwifery and maternity). Boys accounted for 55% of service events for children aged 0–14. People aged 65 and over (who make up 15% of the population) accounted for 33% of service events in 2017–18.

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