The Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) has launched its annual week of recognition for health facilities servicing those with private health insurance.
Today (March 26) marks the start of Private Hospitals Week – an event that aims to educate the community on the importance of private hospitals and the range of services they offer.
This year is the largest in the event's history, with more than 180 hospitals across the country participating.
"Private Hospitals Week gives hospitals an occasion to bridge the knowledge gap and educate Australians about the range and types of services available," APHA chief executive officer Michael Roff said yesterday (March 25).
"Each private hospital has an important role to play in Australia's overall health system and together we are ensuring that Australians continue to have access to the best healthcare services in the country."
According to the APHA, 40 per cent of all hospital treatments are provided by facilities catering exclusively to those with private health cover.
Almost half of the cardiac surgeries undertaken in Australia occur in private hospitals, as well as the majority of hip and knee replacements and in-hospital chemotherapy.
Private Hospitals Week runs until March 30.