The NSW public health system is world-class. It is the biggest public health system in Australia with more than 220 public hospitals and around 105,000 dedicated staff (FTE) who make up the health workforce.

Our population is growing and it is also ageing. Technology, medical specialisation, new treatments and a wealth of medical research continually informing health care mean we are living longer but we are also costing more to treat.

It is important to know that if you elect to be a public patient when admitted to a public hospital, you will not receive a bill for your stay.

Your tax dollars contribute to meeting the costs of health care - it is your health system.

On a typical day in NSW*

  • 17,000 people spend the night in a public hospital
  • 6,500 people are seen by our emergency departments (EDs)
  • 5,600 people are admitted to a public hospital
  • 1,000 patients have their surgery (emergency or planned) performed in our public hospitals
  • 200 babies are born
  • 100 patients have their cataracts removed
  • 32 patients have their gallbladder removed
  • 25 patients have their appendix removed
  • 20 patients have their hip replaced
  • 18 patients have their knee replaced

*As at July 2013, Monday to Friday when most planned surgery is performed.

All figures on this page are based on the 2012-2013 financial year.

Page Updated: Friday 28 March 2014