In 2012–13, hospital admitted patient expenditure was estimated at $45.0 billion, and accounted for almost one third (31%) of total health expenditure. Expenditure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was estimated at $2.1 billion. Expenditure was highest in older age groups, but grew for all age groups from 2004–05 to 2012–13 (45.5%). Cardiovascular diseases were the largest disease contributor at $5.0 billion (11.1%), followed by injuries at $4.1 billion (9.0%).
Cancer is the condition which places the 8th most burden in terms of cost on the Australian hospital system, accounting for 7% of total hospital expenditure. It is also among the top 5 most expensive conditions for males over the age of 55, and the top 5 most expensive conditions for women between the age of 35 and 74.
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