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Inpatient health care: hospital discharges

Hospital stays (acute care)
2022
2 083 663
Gone up +0.8% compared to 2021
Average length of stay (acute care)
2022
6.2 days
Sunk -1.6% compared to 2021
Zero-night stays (acute care)
2022
349 004
Gone up +2.6% compared to 2021

The hospital discharge statistics have been maintained in electronic form since 1989 and comprise stay-related, patient-related and medical reporting data on inpatient hospital stays. They are based on the legally regulated diagnosis and service documentation of hospitals (according to the DRG system – “procedure-oriented hospital financing“ on the basis of diagnosis-related groups) and on the hospital statistics of the Ministry of Health. The legal basis is provided by the Federal Act on Documentation in the Health Care Sector. The hospital discharge statistics refer to single hospital stays (case-related) and include information on the age, gender and place of residence of the patients, on the length of stay, type of discharge, main diagnosis (ICD-10 in the version modified for Austria) and cause of injury, and information on medical procedures as well as on the hospital (location, care sector, discharging ward, legal entity, public law, fund affiliation and non-profit status).

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Statistics of Hospital Discharges; Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Reports on Diagnoses and Services. Compiled on 30 September 2023. – Reference to discharges from acute care hospitals in the respective year (inpatient stays including zero-night cases and deaths) of persons with domestic or foreign residence.

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Statistics of Hospital Discharges; Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Reports on Diagnoses and Services. Compiled on 30 September 2023. – Reference to discharges in the respective year (inpatient stays including zero-night cases and deaths) of persons with domestic or foreign residence. – In the event of zero-night stays (day cases), admission and discharge take place on the same calendar day. A day is counted if the patient was admitted at midnight (1 day = 1 overnight stay). – Median: for classified data.

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Statistics of Hospital Discharges; Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Reports on Diagnoses and Services. Compiled on 30 September 2023. – Reference to discharges in the respective year (inpatient stays including zero-night stays and deaths) of persons with domestic or foreign residence. – In the event of zero-night stays (day cases), admission and discharge take place on the same calendar day. A day is counted if the patient was admitted at midnight (1 day = 1 overnight stay). – Median: for classified data.

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Statistics of Hospital Discharges; Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Reports on Diagnoses and Services. Compiled on 30 September 2023. – Reference to discharges in the respective year (inpatient stays including zero-night stays and deaths) of persons with domestic or foreign residence.

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