A good prognosis: Australia's ageing population is driving demand for industry services

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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The General Hospitals industry is growing strongly. Public hospitals receive most of their funding from state and federal governments. Private hospitals primarily generate revenue from private health benefit payments and out-of-pocket patient fees. Demand for general hospitals has surged over the past five years, due to Australia's ageing population and the rising incidence of chronic illness among adults. Private hospitals have received a further boost from increased private health insurance membership. Industry revenue is expected to increase by an annualised 3.4% over the five years through 2016-17, to be worth $63.3 billion.

In line with industry trends over the past five years, industry revenue is projected to rise by 3.3% in the current year...

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Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

Barriers to entry in the General Hospitals industry are high. Public hospitals, which account for the majority of industry revenue, are state-owned and state-funded entities. Barriers to entry into the public hospital sector are difficult to determine as the sector has an inherently limited number of entities. As each state has a single health department, opening new public hospitals can be considered an expansion rather than an entry to the industry.

The private hospital sector has significant barriers to entry for new players, despite accounting for a smaller proportion of industry revenue than public hospitals. Start-up costs are immense in the private hospital sector. The..

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Industry Products

What is the General Hospitals Industry?

General hospitals provide medical, surgical and diagnostic services and continuous inpatient nursing care. The industry also includes establishments that provide both hospital facilities and training of medical and nursing staff.

Industry Products
Public hospital same-day separations
Private hospital same-day separations
Public hospital overnight separations
Private hospital overnight separations
Industry Activities
Children's hospital operation
Ear, nose and throat hospital operation
Eye hospital operation
General hospital operation (excluding psychiatric, dental and veterinary hospitals)
Infectious diseases hospital operation (including human quarantine stations)
Maternity hospital operation
Obstetric hospital operation
Women's hospital operation

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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