Australian Hospitals at a glance 2009-10

Hospitals are an important part of Australia’s health landscape, providing services to many Australians each year.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)  Australia’s hospital 2009-10 at a glance provides summary information on  Australia’s 1,320 public and private hospitals. In 2009-10, there were:

  • 8.6 million hospitalisations in public and private hospitals
  • 7.4 million presentations to accident and emergency departments
  • 70% of patients were seen within recommended times for their triage category

A summary measure of the significance of Australia’s hospitals is the  amount that is spent on them—an estimated $41.8 billion in 2008–09, about 3.3% of Australia’s gross domestic product, or about $1,922 per person (AIHW 2010). And hospital spending has been increasing faster than inflation—adjusted for inflation, it increased by 5.1% each year,  on average, between 2004–05 and 2008–09.

Access to our hospital services, the quality of the services, as well  as funding and management arrangements for them, are under constant public scrutiny.

While most data for this report are for 2009–10, some data for private hospitals were only available for 2008–09.

The Australia’s Hospitals at a Glance 2009-10 Report provides  detailed statistics on numbers of hospitals, bed numbers, accreditation, health services provided and funding of services. This
summary report presents an overview of statistics on our hospitals that  can serve as a background to public discussion and  debate.

To find out information about individual hospitals , MyHospitals is a federal government website that presents data on individual public  hospitals and some private hospitals throughout Australia.