Use our interactive tools to see how your hospital performs against others
Explore the data for Australia’s largest public hospitals and their average cost of care, which is the amount of money they spent to deliver a notional ‘average’ hospital service to their acute admitted patients, from 2012–13 to 2014–15. This average cost of care is based not on a hospital’s total costs, but instead on a subset of those costs that can be fairly compared across different hospitals. Acute admitted patients account for the largest proportion of hospital costs nationally.
Data are available for more than 100 public hospitals across Australia. To allow fairer comparisons in this report, hospitals were allocated to one of five peer groups based on a combination of hospital size, type of services provided and similar facilities. Data has been suppressed where costs or the majority of admitted patients are not available or comparable.
Watch an animated explanation of how hospitals’ average cost of care is measured
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This interactive tool complements the Hospital Performance: Costs of acute admitted patients in public hospitals from 2012–13 to 2014–15 report.
Use the drop down list below to filter and select the hospital’s data. Once a hospital has been selected you can view results over time, results compared to other hospitals in the peer group as well as a data table. To start again, simply select another hospital name from the drop down list.
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For the financial year
Understanding the results
and principles behind:
Costs of acute admitted
patients in public hospitals
What does the report and interactive tool highlight?
How much money each hospital spent to deliver similar services for similar patients
Which allows us to
Compare results with other hospitals
And which then helps us to
Understand how efficient a hospital is
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What causes a hospital's efficiency to improve?
Its cost per service goes
It spends less money to deliver the same number of services (or more services)
It spends the same amount of money, but delivers more services
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Hospitals are so different - how can they be compared fairly?
The measure accounts for the fact that some patients are sicker and/or more expensive to treat than others
It also takes into account differences in accounting practices between states
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Clever! So how does the measure do all that?
All treatments and operations that hospitals provide are assigned a number using something called a ‘National Weighted Activity Unit’
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This reflects the complexity of different patient conditions
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A case of cellulitis is worth
0.8 of an NWAU (National Weighted Activity Unit)
A hip replacement is worth
4.2 of an NWAU (National Weighted Activity Unit)
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So that means...
We can work out how many of these activity units a hospital has provided
We then divide the amount
of money used to deliver
those services by the number of NWAUs
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That gives us the average cost of one NWAU - a notional 'average' service - at each hospital.
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These results don't tell us anything about the quality of patient care at a given hospital
for that reason
The results are best interpreted in the context of other quality and effectiveness indicators
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So what does all this
The report gives us an indication of a hospital's efficiency compared to
it also suggests
The extent to which its efficiency went up or down over the three-year period
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