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The number of available beds and chairs increased 2.2% from 27,748 in 2009-10 to 28,351 in 2010-11. The number of beds and chairs in Acute and psychiatric hospitals increased by 1.9% while those in Free-standing day hospitals increased by 4.8%.
Total patient separations were 3.2% higher overall in 2010-11 compared to 2009-10. There were 3.7 million patient separations from all private hospitals in 2010-11, compared with almost 3.6 million in 2009-10.
Around 55% of patients at both Acute and psychiatric hospitals and Free-standing day hospitals in 2010-11 were female. The number of male patients at Acute and psychiatric hospitals increased by 3.8%, compared with 3.0% growth in female patients, while at Free-standing day hospitals the number of female patients increased by 1.5% compared with 0.3% growth in the number of male patients.
The proportion of patients aged 65 and over in Australian private hospitals was increased from 38.1% in 2009-10 to 39.4% in 2010-11. The proportion of patients at Free-standing day hospitals aged 65 years and over increased from 39.0% of all patients to 41.8% of all patients. The proportion of patients at Acute and psychiatric hospitals who were aged 65 years and over increased from 37.9% to 38.8%.
Private hospitals provided nearly 8.9 million days of hospitalisation to patients in 2010-11, up 4.9% from 2009-10 (8.4 million). The largest contributor to this movement was a 5.3% increase in the number of patient days resulting from overnight-stay patients in Acute and psychiatric hospitals to 6.3 million days.
The number of operating theatres in Acute and psychiatric hospitals increased by 0.8% to 1,045 in 2010-11, while the number of theatres in Free-standing day hospitals increased by 11.5%.
Staff numbers (full-time equivalent) increased by 3.3% to 58,448 in 2010-11 compared with 2009-10 (56,560).
Total private hospital income increased by 8.8% to $10.7 billion in 2010-11, with the proportion of total income classified as patient income falling slightly from 96.0% to 95.5%. Total income from private Acute and psychiatric hospitals was $9.8 billion, which accounted for 92.4% of all private hospital income.
Total private hospital recurrent expenditure increased by 7.4% to $9.6 billion in 2010-11. For Acute and psychiatric hospitals, wages and salaries as a proportion of recurrent expenses fell to 50.6% in 2010-11, while for Free-standing day hospitals the proportion fell to 38.6%.
Gross capital expenditure in all private hospitals has increased by 13.5% between 2009-10 and 2010-11 to $838 million, with gross capital expenditure in Free-standing day hospitals increasing by 16.5% in this period to $50 million. Gross capital expenditure in Acute and psychiatric hospitals increased by 13.3% to $788 million.
Net operating margin
Net operating margin is derived by subtracting recurrent expenditure from income and expressing the result as a proportion of income. The net operating margin for Acute and psychiatric hospitals during 2010-11 was 9.0%, up from 7.6% in 2009-10. The net operating margin for Free-standing day hospital facilities fell from 20.6% in 2009-10 to 18.6% in 2010-11.
Private Hospitals, Net operating margin: 2006-07 to 2010-11(a)
(a) Data for the 2007–08 reference year are not available. See Explanatory Note 4.