A total of 248,000 cataract-extraction procedures were carried out in Australian hospitals in 2015-16, according to a report by the Canberra-based Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Ninety-seven per cent of the procedures involved surgery and were carried out on the same day. They were the highest hospitalisations per 1,000 population.
The 248,000 procedures was 62 per cent of the total of 397,000 eye procedures undertaken during 2015-16 (the other two procedures totalling 56,000 for macular degeneration and 6,000 for glaucoma).
All up, there were 1,331 hospitals providing in-hospital services of all kinds – 701 public and 630 private – totalling 10.6 million hospitalisations.
There were about 360,000 full-time equivalent staff employed in providing public hospital services, of which 41 per cent were nurses, 12 per cent salaried medical officers and 16% diagnostic and allied health professionals.
Private hospitals employed about 66,800 full-time equivalent staff, 56 per cent of whom were nurses, 29 per cent were salaried medical officers and 6 per cent were diagnostic and allied health professionals.
Procedures on the eye and adnexa were carried out in private hospitals, including cataract surgery).
For cataract extraction, 3 per 1,000 hospitalisations were followed by a readmission within 28 days, compared to tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, for example, of 35 per 1,000 readmission within 28 days.
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