In 2015-16, there were about 10.6 million separations in Australia's public and private hospitals-about 59% occurred in public hospitals. There were 30 million days of patient care reported for admitted patients-20.2 million in public hospitals and 9.7 million in private hospitals.
Between 2011-12 and 2015-16:
* the number of separations rose by 3.5% on average each year.
* the number of public patient separations rose by an average of 2.9% each year, compared with 5.5% per year for separations paid for by private health insurance.
* the median waiting time for elective surgery for public patients in a public hospital was 42 days, while it was 20 days for patients who used private health insurance to fund all or part of their admission.
Media release: Hospital admissions growing steadily, more Australians going private in hospitals<http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129559532>
Download report: Admitted patient care 2015-16: Australian hospital statistics<http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129559537>