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

A summary measure of their significance is the amount that is spent on them—an estimated $49.7 billion in 2010–11, about 3.7% of Australia’s gross domestic product, or about $2,227 per person (AIHW 2012). Hospital spending has been increasing faster than inflation—adjusted for inflation, it increased by 5.4% each year, on average, between 2006–07 and 2010–11.

Access to our hospital services, the quality of the services, and their funding and management arrangements are under constant public scrutiny. This summary report presents an overview of statistics on our hospitals that can serve as a background to public discussion and debate.

While most data in this report are for 2011–12, some data for private hospitals and for hospital funding were only available for 2010–11.

More detailed statistics and information on how to interpret the data is in the companion report, Australian hospital statistics 2011–12. Further detail is also available in spreadsheets and interactive data cubes at <www.aihw.gov.au/hospitals-data/>.


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