Private vs Public Hospital Re-admission Rates15 February 2011
An Australian Government Productivity Commission Report released early in 2010, found that the Private Sector delivers shorter waiting times, shorter lengths of stay and higher productivity, and most importantly it provides a safer health care environment, including lower overall infection rates than the public sector.
An AHIA analysis of the Australian Council on Health Care Standards has also revealed that readmission to a public hospital is three times more likely than re-admission to the private hospital sector. Additionally, as the table below demonstrates using a comparison with the published Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) there is up to a 65% difference in the rate of unplanned/unexpected readmissions to Public versus Private Hospitals in 2008/2009. Procedures include Knee replacement; Hip replacement; Tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy; Hysterectomy; Prostatectomy; Cataract extraction; and, Appendectomy.
Table shows the Unplanned/Unexpected readmission rate within public versus private hospitals 2008/2009
|Unplanned/unexpected readmissions within 28 days as per NHA definitions|
|Public vs Private Hospitals 2008/09|
|Rate of Unplanned/unexpected readmissions per 100 separations|
|Public Hospitals*||Private Hospitals**||Difference|
|Tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy||2.5||1.0||-62%|
Source: * AIHW Hospital Statistics, **AHIA Industry aggregated Hospital Casemix Protocol data
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