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Hospital Performance: Costs of acute admitted patients in public hospitals in 2011–12

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Caesarean delivery
Without complications or comorbidities

Around 300,000 children are born in Australia each year9, and about 70% of these births take place in public hospitals. The data presented here relate to costs incurred by a hospital for patients who were admitted for a caesarean delivery without complications or comorbidities.

In 2011–12, there were 23,935 caesarean deliveries without complications or comorbidities at major metropolitan and major regional public hospitals.

CACost per Admission

Across all major metropolitan hospitals, the average cost of a caesarean delivery was $8,800. The average cost of a caesarean delivery ranged from $5,500 at one hospital to $15,300 at another.

Across all major regional hospitals, the average cost of a caesarean delivery was $9,800. The average cost of a caesarean delivery ranged from $6,500 at one hospital to $16,300 at another.

LOSLength of Stay

A previous Authority report showed the average length of stay for caesarean delivery in 2011–12 was 3.8 days.7 At major metropolitan hospitals, the average length of stay ranged from 3.0 to 4.7 days, and at major regional hospitals the average length of stay ranged from 3.0 to 4.8 days.7

By comparing the cost of a patient’s caesarean delivery to their length of stay it is possible to assess the incremental cost that each additional day(s) spent in hospital contributes to the patient’s costs of care (Figure 17).

It is important to note that these costs do not reflect the total costs of this procedure. The report considers only the subset of total costs that are fully comparable between hospitals. For example, it excludes property, plant and equipment costs.

Figure 17: Chart showing the average cost for caesarean delivery without complications or comorbidities in major public hospitals, by length of stay, 2011–12

Length of stay Average cost
Same day $3,700
1 day $5,500
2 days $7,100
3 days $8,100
4 days $9,500

Sources: National Health Performance Authority analysis of results calculated using the National Hospital Cost Data Collection 2011–12 and Admitted Patient Care National Minimum Dataset 2011–12.

7. National Health Performance Authority. Hospital Performance: Length of stay in public hospitals in 2011–12 [Internet]. Sydney: National Health Performance Authority; 2013 Nov 7 [cited 2013 Nov 7]. Available from: Hospital Performance: Length of stay in public hospitals in 2011–12

9. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Births, Australia, 2011 [Internet]. 2012 Oct 25 [cited 2013 Oct 2]; ABS cat. no. 3301.0. Available from: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3301.0External link, opens in a new window.

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