Without complications or comorbidities
Gallbladder removal, or cholecystectomy, is a surgical procedure generally performed to treat a patient with gallstones. The data presented here relate to costs incurred by a hospital for patients who were admitted for gallbladder removal without complications or comorbidities.
In 2011–12, there were 13,034 admissions for gallbladder removal without complications or comorbidities in major metropolitan and major regional public hospitals.
CACost per Admission
Across all major metropolitan hospitals, the average cost of a gallbladder removal was $7,400. The average cost of a gallbladder removal ranged from $4,800 at one hospital to $13,000 at another.
Across all major regional hospitals, the average cost of a gallbladder removal was $7,000. The average cost of a gallbladder removal ranged from $4,100 at one hospital to $11,700 at another.
LOSLength of Stay
A previous Authority report showed the average length of stay for gallbladder removal in 2011–12 was 1.9 days.7 At major metropolitan hospitals, the average length of stay ranged from 1.1 to 3.2 days, and at major regional hospitals the average length of stay ranged from 1.4 to 2.6 days.7
By comparing the cost of a patient’s gallbladder removal 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 14).
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 14: Table showing the average cost for gallbladder removal in major public hospitals, by length of stay, 2011–12
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