30 April 2014

ACT facing longest hospital waiting times

| Canfan
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The Australian Hospital Statistics 2012-13 report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is out, showing some less than envious figures for the ACT.

59.4% of patients presenting to emergency were seen within 4 hours (compared to the national average of 70%), although this is an improvement on the previous year (as Katy Gallagher is quick to point out in a press release today).

Waiting times for elective surgery are also trailing with the ACT median wait of 49 days seeing us wait longer than anywhere else in the country, with some patients forced to wait more than a year.

I am not surprised at all at the Emergency waiting time as I have felt that pain myself on more than one occasion. I may have a slightly skewed view on surgical wait times, as I haven’t needed elective surgery, but 49 days is shorter than I would have expected.

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