Without complications or comorbidities
Around 300,000 children are born in Australia each year,9 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 vaginal delivery without complications or comorbidities.
In 2011–12, there were 53,234 vaginal births 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 vaginal delivery was $4,600. The average cost of a vaginal delivery ranged from $2,200 at one hospital to $6,500 at another.
Across all major regional hospitals, the average cost of a vaginal delivery was $5,100. The average cost of a vaginal delivery ranged from $3,100 at one hospital to $7,500 at another.
LOSLength of Stay
A previous Authority report showed the average length of stay for vaginal delivery in 2011–12 was 2.5 days.7 At major metropolitan hospitals, the average length of stay ranged from 2.0 to 3.1 days, and at major regional hospitals the average length of stay ranged from 2.1 to 3.4 days.7
By comparing the cost of a patient’s vaginal 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 16).
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 16: Table showing the average cost for vaginal delivery without complications or comorbidities in major public hospitals, by length of stay, 2011–12
|Length of stay