Surgery in Australian hospitals 2010-11 (AIHW)

Surgery in Australian hospitals 2010-11 provides an overview of Australia's 2.4 million annual hospitalisations for surgery. In 2010-11, around 1.0 million surgery hospitalisations occurred in public hospitals and 1.4 million in private hospitals.

Around 12% of surgery admissions were emergency admissions (requiring surgery within 24 hours). About 83% were elective admissions, with two-thirds of these occurring in private hospitals. A further 4% of surgery-related admissions were childbirth-related and 1% were for "other planned care".

Compared with national rates, Indigenous Australians and people living in remote areas had higher rates of emergency surgery admissions and lower rates of elective surgery admissions.

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