Tasmania lagging in surgery stakes

AUSTRALIAN public hospital patients needing ear, nose and throat operations have the longest waiting times for specialist surgery, a new report has revealed.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report said ear, nose and throat patients had a median waiting time of 73 days in the 2014-15 financial year, whereas those needing cardio-thoracic surgery had the shortest wait time, 18 days.

The report, Elective Surgery Waiting Times 2014-15: Australian Hospital Statistics, showed that the time in which 50% of patients were admitted for elective procedures dropped from 36 to 35 days between 2013-14 and 2014-15.

AIHW spokeswoman Jenny Hargreaves said the proportion of patients who waited longer than a year to be admitted for their procedure also fell from 2.8% in 2010-11 to 1.8% in 2014-15.

However, the report found waiting times varied significantly across Australia.

"In 2014-15, the median waiting time ranged from 27 days in Queensland to 55 days in Tasmania," Ms Hargreaves said.


Broncos boss addresses Bennett saga

Broncos boss addresses Bennett saga

“There’s no risk to Wayne’s contract in 2019.”

Thommo the koala is one of the lucky few

Thommo the koala is one of the lucky few

More than 330 koalas were admitted to the RSPCA hospital

Why earning $170k isn’t enough

Why earning $170k isn’t enough

Cash Confessions: How this mum spends her $170k income

Local Partners