Australian Health Review Australian Health Review Society
Journal of the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association

Length of stay comparisons for private and public hospitals

Jennifer Badham and Jason Brandrup

Australian Health Review 23(3) 162 - 170
Published: 2000


This analysis uses average length of stay as a proxy for efficiency, to compare the Australian private and public hospitalsectors. We conclude that private hospitals are more efficient than public hospitals in providing the range of care providedby private hospitals. However, public hospitals are more efficient in handling the casemix of the public hospital sector.The picture is more complicated when particular types of care (such as obstetric and psychiatric) are excluded.

© AHHA 2000

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