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4390.0 - Private Hospitals, Australia, 2010-11 Quality Declaration 
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PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS

Sex and age

In 2010-11, females accounted for 55.1% of all patient separations, down slightly from 55.2% in 2009-10. The 55-64 year old age group was the most prevalent for females (17.5%), while there were slightly more males aged 65-74 (23.4%) than 55-64 (23.0%). The age and sex profile did not vary markedly between Acute psychiatric hospitals and Free standing day hospitals.

TABLE 1.3: PRIVATE HOSPITAL SEPARATIONS—2010–11
Acute and psychiatric hospitals
Free-standing day hospital facilities
All private hospitals
Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons
Males
Females
Persons

Proportion (%)
Age group (years)
0-4
2.8
1.5
2.1
1.3
0.5
0.8
2.6
1.3
1.8
5-14
2.2
1.5
1.8
1.3
1.1
1.2
2.1
1.4
1.7
15-24
4.8
5.3
5.1
3.6
8.0
5.9
4.8
5.7
5.3
25-34
5.1
11.3
8.5
5.1
10.1
7.7
5.4
10.6
8.3
35-44
8.2
13.4
11.1
10.2
15.6
12.8
9.1
13.4
11.5
45-54
12.7
14.2
13.6
17.0
15.0
15.3
14.3
13.9
13.9
55-64
21.0
17.6
19.1
25.3
20.2
21.7
23.0
17.5
19.7
65-74
21.0
15.8
18.1
27.6
18.8
21.9
23.4
15.8
18.9
75-84
15.4
13.1
14.1
19.5
13.9
15.8
17.1
12.7
14.5
85 and over
6.8
6.3
6.5
4.4
4.2
4.2
6.7
5.6
6.0
Total (a)
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Proportion of persons (b)
45.4
54.6
100.0
43.3
56.7
100.0
44.9
55.1
100.0

Number ('000)
All separations
1281.0
1540.7
2821.8
371.1
485.2
885.2
1652.1
2025.9
3706.9

(a) The total may be greater than the sum of its components as it includes separations where age or sex not stated.
(b) Proportions exclude unknown age and sex.


Insurance

The proportion of patient separations reported as being covered by private hospital insurance decreased from 83.0% in 2009-10 to 82.5% in 2010-11. Patient separations reported as being covered by private hospital insurance in private Acute and psychiatric hospitals decreased by 1.5 percentage points to 86.6% since the 2009-10 cycle, while separations from Free-standing day hospitals that were covered by insurance increased by 2.5 percentage points to 69.3%.

Private Hospitals, Separations of patients with private hospital insurance(a): 2005-06 to 2010-11(b)
Private Hospitals, Separations of patients with private hospital insurance(a): 2005-06 to 2010-11(b)

(a) For definition of insurance status see Glossary.
(b) Data for the 2007–08 reference year are not available. See Explanatory Note 4 for further information.

TABLE 1.4: PRIVATE HOSPITAL SEPARATIONS, Patient insurance status (a)—Selected years.
2006-07
2007-08(b)
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11

Acute and psychiatric hospitals (%)
Hospital insurance
83.1
na
87.6
88.1
86.6
No hospital insurance
11.8
na
11.4
10.5
11.5
Total (c)
100.0
na
100.0
100.0
100.0

Free-standing day hospital facilities (%)
Hospital insurance
60.8
na
67.5
66.8
69.3
No hospital insurance
20.3
na
26.4
25.1
np
Total (c)
100.0
na
100.0
100.0
100.0

All private hospitals (%)
Hospital insurance
78.5
na
83.0
83.0
82.5
No hospital insurance
13.6
na
14.9
14.0
np
Total (c)
100.0
na
100.0
100.0
100.0

All patient separations ('000)
Acute psychiatric hospitals
2 419.5
na
2 599.7
2 730.6
2 821.8
Free-standing day hospital facilities
631.3
na
765.3
860.3
885.2
All private hospitals (d)
3 050.8
na
3 365.0
3 590.8
3 706.9

na not available
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated

(a) For definition of patient insurance status. see Glossary.
(b) Data for the 2007–08 reference year are not available. See Explanatory Note 4 for further information.
(c) Total includes not stated or unknown.
(d) Figures have been rounded and discrepancies may occur between totals and the sums of the component items.


The most common principal diagnosis of patients in private hospitals in Australia in 2010-11 was factors influencing health status and contact with health services with 25.9% of the diagnoses, up from 25.0% in 2009-10. This was followed by diseases of the digestive system with 13.4% of the diagnoses, down from 13.8% in 2009-10. These were the top two principal diagnoses in both Acute and psychiatric hospitals, and Free-standing day hospital facilities. The third most prevalent principal diagnosis in Acute and psychiatric hospitals was diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (9.7% of all separations), while in Free-standing day hospital facilities diseases of the eye and adnexa was third most prevalent (14.3% of all separations).

TABLE 1.5: PRIVATE HOSPITAL SEPARATIONS, Principal diagnosis of patient (a)—2010–11
Acute and psychiatric hospitals
Free-standing day hospital facilities
All private hospitals

Proportion (%)
Certain infectious and parasitic diseases
0.7
0.3
0.6
Neoplasms
8.5
8.3
8.5
Diseases of the blood and blood forming organs
1.1
1.3
1.1
Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases
1.3
0.9
1.2
Mental and behavioural disorders
6.1
0.1
4.7
Diseases of
Nervous system
3.2
0.5
2.6
Eye and adnexa
3.1
14.3
5.8
Ear and mastoid process
0.9
0.5
0.8
Circulatory system
5.5
2.4
4.8
Respiratory system
3.2
0.5
2.5
Digestive system
12.0
18.1
13.4
Skin and subcutaneous tissue
1.2
1.5
1.3
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
9.7
2.3
7.9
Genitourinary system
5.8
2.8
5.1
Pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium
4.0
5.1
4.3
Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period
0.4
0.0
0.3
Congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities
0.3
0.2
0.3
Symptoms, signs, and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings
6.1
5.7
6.0
Injury, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes
3.6
0.8
2.9
Factors influencing health status and contact with health services
23.2
34.5
25.9
Total (b)
100.0
100.0
100.0

Number ('000)
Separations
2 821 752
885 152
3 706 904

(a) Based on the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Revision-Australia Modification (ICD-10-AM). See Explanatory Notes 16–19 for further information.
(b) The total may be greater than the sum of its components as it includes separations where diagnosis was not available.


Procedures performed

The total number of procedures increased between 2009-10 and 2010-11 to approximately 8.0 million, an increase of 8.5%. Of these procedures, nearly 6.4 million were performed in Acute and psychiatric hospitals and the remaining 1.7 million procedures were performed in Free-standing day hospitals.

The greatest proportion of procedures in private hospitals were in the category of non-invasive, cognitive and interventions n.e.c. (50.0%), followed by procedures on the digestive system (12.9%). Examples of non-invasive, cognitive and other interventions are services such as dietary education and exercise therapy (often used for development of treatment plans, programs, case reviews or follow up to previous procedures performed). For further details of the classification refer to Australian Classification of Health Interventions.
For Acute and psychiatric hospitals, non-invasive, cognitive and other interventions n.e.c. accounted for 53.2% of all procedures performed in 2010-11, up from 52.9% in 2009-10. The next most common procedures in Acute and psychiatric hospitals were on the digestive system (11.0%) and the musculoskeletal system (6.9%). For Free-standing day hospitals, non-invasive, cognitive and other interventions n.e.c. accounted for the highest proportion of all procedures performed on patients in 2010-11 at 38.1%, up from 37.4% in 2009-10. This was followed by procedures on the digestive system (20.0%) and procedures on the eye and adnexa (9.3%).

TABLE 1.6: PRIVATE HOSPITALS, Procedures (a)—2010–11
Acute and psychiatric hospitals
Free-standing day hospital facilities
All private hospitals

Proportion (%)
Procedures on nervous system
2.1
1.6
2.0
Procedures on endocrine system
0.1
0.1
Procedures on eye and adnexa
1.5
9.3
3.2
Procedures on ear and mastoid process
0.5
0.3
0.5
Procedures on nose, mouth and pharynx
2.0
1.2
1.8
Dental services
2.1
4.9
2.7
Procedures on respiratory system
0.7
0.0
0.5
Procedures on cardiovascular system
3.5
0.8
2.9
Procedures on blood and blood-forming organs
0.4
0.1
0.3
Procedures on digestive system
11.0
20.0
12.9
Procedures on urinary system
3.8
8.9
4.9
Procedures on male genital organs
1.1
0.5
0.9
Gynaecological procedures
3.4
5.9
3.9
Obstetric procedures
2.6
0.0
2.0
Procedures of musculoskeletal system
6.9
1.4
5.8
Dermatological and plastic procedures
3.6
5.9
4.1
Procedures on breast
0.6
0.4
0.6
Chemotherapeutic and radiation oncology procedures
0.1
np
np
Non-invasive, cognitive and interventions n.e.c.
53.2
38.1
50.0
Imaging services
1.0
np
np
Total procedures (b)
100.0
100.0
100.0

Number ('000)
Total procedures
6 367.0
1 679.3
8 046.2

— nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated

(a) Based on the Australian Classification of Health Interventions. See Explanatory Notes 16–19 for further information.
(b) The total may be greater than the sum of its components as it includes separations where diagnosis was not available.


Mode of Patient Separation

The majority of all patients (96.1%) were discharged to their place of usual residence in 2010-11, a 0.4% decrease from 2009-10. In 2010-11.

Private acute and psychiatric hospitals discharged 95.4% of patients to their usual residence, down from 96.7% in 2009-10. Free-standing day hospitals released 98.3% of patients to their usual residence, up from 96.1% in 2009-10.

TABLE 1.7: PRIVATE HOSPITALS, Mode of Patient Separation—2010–11

Discharge or transfer to
Other
Usual residence (a)
Residential aged care (b)
Other hospital
Died
Left against advice
Other (c)
Total separations (d)
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000
'000

Acute and psychiatric hospitals
New South Wales
731.9
1.4
14.6
2.3
0.9
6.7
774.1
Victoria
693.7
3.3
19.9
3.6
1.0
3.3
724.9
Queensland
620.1
1.0
6.1
4.4
0.4
6.7
638.7
South Australia
210.0
1.2
4.3
1.2
0.1
0.8
217.6
Western Australia
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory (e)
np
np
np
np
np
np
np
Australia
2 692.7
9.1
49.8
14.2
2.9
34.6
2 821.8

Free-standing day hospital facilities
Australia
869.7
np
np
0.0
np
1.7
885.2

All private hospitals
Australia (d)
3 562.4
np
np
14.2
np
36.3
3 706.9

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated

(a) Defined as own accommodation/welfare institution (includes prisons, hostels and group homes primarily providing welfare services).
(b) Unless this is the usual place of residence.
(c) Including discharge or transfer to other health care accommodation, statistical discharge and not stated. For definition of statistical discharge, see Glossary.
(d) Figures have been rounded and discrepancies may occur between totals and the sums of the component items.
(e) Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory have been aggregated to protect the confidentiality of the small number of hospitals in these states/territories



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