There are a total of 268 hospitals in Austria (2018). Almost six tenths of them (157 hospitals) cover acute and short-term care. The vast majority of inpatient stays (93.9%) can be attributed to this care sector. In the non-acute sector there are 79 hospitals in rehabilitation, 29 hospitals in long-term care and three hospitals in the "recovery and prevention" sector. For 2018, 2 537 281 hospital discharges from acute hospitals and 164 940 discharges from hospitals in the non-acute care sector have been documented.
In acute hospitals, there has been a shift from inpatient to day clinic services since the beginning of electronic recording in 1989. From 1989 to 2016, the number of day stays grew almost ninefold. In the following year their number decreased for the first time due to a change in hospital billing launched in 2017 (which will be completed by the end of 2019). In the course of this transition, certain services previously provided during inpatient day cases are now performed in an outpatient setting. This led to a 19% decline in day cases from 2017 to 2018, which reduced the total number of hospital stays by almost 5%.
The length of fully inpatient stays in acute hospitals has also decreased since the early 1990s from an average of 11.0 days to 6.3 days in 2018. About 22% of all hospital discharges from Austrian acute hospitals took place in Vienna; in one fifth of the cases, patients from the surrounding residential federal states of Lower Austria or Burgenland were cared for.
|Results (overview): Hospital discharges since 1989|
|Length of inpatient hospital stays since 1989 (acute hospitals and hospitals in total)|
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