Australia’s Hospital Admissions Rise Heavily Since 2004

HealthcareAccording a report presented by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the number of patients getting admitted in the hospitals has significantly increased since 2004.

The figures in the report show that the number has reached 8 million between 2008 and 2009.

Author George Bodilsen said there are many factors responsible for this rise in the number of patients as well as the amount of stress on the hospital staff.

"The increase in hospital activity is a reflection of the increasing population, the ageing population, and perhaps the increase in chronic diseases in the population as we age", he said.

Nonetheless, the waiting time in the elective surgery has reduced since 2004, said the report. The number of patients seeking their turn for elective surgery reportedly reduced to 3% in 2009, down from 5% in 2004.

Mr. Bodilsen also said that AIHW has been monitoring the health statistics since past two decades.

The current report also suggested that ACT is the one witnessing the longest wait periods. The average waiting duration for a patient in ACT is 30 days.

According to the report, nearly 2.9% had been waiting for their turn in ACT for over 365 days.

The ACT Government has funded for nearly 800 more elective surgery operations between 2010 and 2011.