Report finds Australians using private hospitals less while admissions to public hospitals are rising

Eight per cent of public hospital admissions for surgery and 18% of emergency department admissions were funded by private health insurance in 2016-17.

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Admitted patient care 2016–17: Australian hospital statistics, also found that people were using private hospitals less while admissions to public hospitals were rising. Overnight private hospital stays fell by an average of 0.9% per capita, the report shows.

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