Private hospitals


Discussion paper

Private eyes…, hips, etc

The research in this paper suggests that Australia’s private health insurers are set to enjoy a windfall of between $3.5 billion and $5.5 billion over the next six months.

Saving private health 2: Making private health insurance viable

Younger consumers are spending more on private hospital insurance, but getting less value for their money. The industry faces major issues, as costs for older people rise and younger people leave. This report lays out a transition to make private hospital care better value for...

Saving private health 1: reining in hospital costs and specialist bills

Private health insurance premiums could be cut by up to 10 per cent if private hospitals were made more efficient and stopped over-servicing, according to this Grattan Institute report. The report also highlights the additional costs generated by a handful of ‘greedy’ doctors charging their...

Admitted patient care 2017–18

Hospital admissions have risen faster than population growth, and last financial year saw a rise in influenza related hospitalisations, according to this report. There were also relatively high rates of admissions classified as potentially preventable in 2017–18.

Safer care saves money

Australia could save $1.5 billion a year on health spending by improving the safety of patient care in hospitals. Safer hospital care doesn’t just reduce harm to patients, it also saves money for taxpayers.

Hospital resources 2016–17: Australian hospital statistics

This report presents an overview of public hospitals in 2016–17, covering the number and types of hospitals and availability of beds. It also describes public hospitals in terms of recurrent expenditure, the number of full-time equivalent staff employed and the types of specialised services provided...

Australia’s hospitals 2016–17: at a glance

Australia’s hospitals 2016–17 at a glance provides summary information on Australia’s public and private hospitals.

Bupa health insurance hospital policy changes

This report discusses the detrimental impacts of the changes on consumers, particularly those in regional Australia. The report also considers the appropriateness of communications that Bupa provided to policyholders about the changes.

Admitted patient care 2016–17: Australian hospital statistics

In 2016–17, there were more than 11 million admissions to hospital—6.6 million in public hospitals and 4.4 million in private hospitals. In public hospitals, a large proportion of admissions (43%) were considered emergencies, while in private hospitals admissions were more likely to be elective or...

Private health insurance patients in Australian hospitals, 2006–07 to 2015–16

This report presents information on admitted patient hospitalisations that were completely or partially funded by private health insurance in Australia’s public and private hospitals over the past ten years.

Australia's hospitals at a glance 2015–16

Australia’s hospitals 2015–16 at a glance provides summary information on Australia’s public and private hospitals.

Australian hospital peer groups

This report details a new peer grouping for Australian public and private hospitals. Summary: This publication details a new peer grouping for Australian public and private hospitals. It has been developed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in consultation with a wide...
Briefing paper

Public problems: private solutions? Short-term contracting of inpatient hospital care

This briefing looks at contracting private hospitals to treat public patients how contracting arrangements are developed, what works and doesn't, and what changes to policy and practice have been made over time.