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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 significant role is the amount that is spent on them—an estimated $56 billion in 2012–13, about 3.7% of Australia's gross domestic product, or about $2,410 per person (AIHW 2014a). Hospital spending has been increasing faster than inflation—adjusted for inflation, it increased by 4.3% each year, on average, between 2008–09 and 2012–13.

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 inform public discussion and debate.

While most data in this report are for 2013–14, data for private hospital peer groups and for hospital funding were only available for 2012–13.

More detailed statistics and information on how to interpret the data are in the companion reports:

Further detail is also available in spread sheets and data cubes.

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