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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

Summary

These tables contain summarised data showing publicly funded hospital discharges and procedures by DHB, ethnic group, sex, age group and disease/procedure classification. The same data is available in different formats:

  • Excel tables: Formatted tables so you can view national data easily and read the key findings.
  • Data tables: Zip file package containing text files of the underlying data used in the excel tables and a data dictionary. DHB breakdowns are available in this format.

Key findings

Publicly funded hospital discharges in 2017/18

  •  Over 1.2 million publicly funded hospital discharges were reported during 2017/18.
  •  The age-standardised rate for 2017/18 was 224 hospitalisations per 1000 people, 4% higher than that for 2008/09.
  •  1 in 3 hospitalisations in 2017/18 were for people aged 65 years and over.
  •  For both males and females, hospitalisation rates were highest in the 85+ years age group.
  •  Females had a higher overall age-standardised rate, and higher age-specific rates during child-bearing years, compared with males.
  •  Rates for males and females remained fairly static over the 10 years to 2017/18.
  •  For every 100 hospital discharges in 2017/18, 16 were Māori.
  •  The Māori rate fluctuated between 263 and 281 per 1000 people from 2008/09 to 2017/18.
  •  Māori had a higher rate of hospitalisation than non-Māori each year since 2008/09; the Māori rate was 1.2–1.3 times the non-Māori rate.

Publicly funded hospital discharges involving unintentional and intentional injury in 2017/18

  • Over 230,000 publicly funded hospital discharges involving unintentional and intentional injury were reported during 2017/18.
  • The age-standardised rate for 2017/18 was 39 hospitalisations per 1000 people, 11% higher than that for 2008/09.
  • Almost 40% of hospitalisations involving injury in 2017/18 were for people aged 65 years and over.
  • For both males and females, hospitalisation rates involving injury generally increased with age, and were highest for the 85+ years age group in 2017/18.
  • Males had a higher overall age-standardised rate, and higher age-specific rates in almost all age groups, compared with females in 2017/18.
  • The rate for males increased by 4%, while the rate for females increased by 20% from 2008/09 to 2017/18.
  • For every 100 hospital discharges involving injury in 2017/18, 16 were Māori.
  • The Māori rate in 2017/18 was 19% higher than that in 2008/09.
  • Hospitalisations involving injury were more common among Māori than non-Māori; the Māori rate was 1.2–1.4 times the non-Māori rate from 2008/09 to 2017/18.                      

Publicly funded hospital procedures in 2017/18

  • Over 1.5 million publicly funded hospital procedures were reported during 2017/18.
  • The age-standardised rate for 2017/18 was 277 procedures per 1000 people, 1% higher than that for 2008/09.
  • 1 in 3 publicly funded hospital procedures performed in 2017/18 were for people aged 65 years and over.
  • For both males and females, procedure rates were highest in the 85+ years age group.
  • Females had a higher overall age-standardised rate, and higher age-specific rates during child bearing years, compared with males.
  • Procedure rates for males and females showed a similar trend over time. Rates generally increased from 2008/09 and decreased from 2013/14.
  • For every 100 hospital procedures performed in 2017/18, 16 were for Māori.
  • The Māori rate in 2017/18 was 1% lower than that in 2008/09.
  • Hospital procedures were more common among Māori than non-Māori; the Māori rate was 1.2–1.3 times the non-Māori rate from 2008/09 to 2017/18.

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