Published January 2002
by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare .
Written in English
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Get this from a library! Waiting times for elective surgery in Australia Within general surgery, long waiting times exist for common elective procedures with waits for surgery for varicose veins, inguinal hernia, and gallstones being among the longest. To date, however, little evidence has been gathered on the impact of waiting Cited by: Tasmania ranked worst for elective surgery waiting times. of Health and Welfare (b). Waiting times for elective surgery in Australia of Health and Welfare (a). Australian hospital statistics (). of Health and Welfare (b). Medical labour force (). of Health and Welfare (c).Author: Merehau Cindy Mervin and Sukhan Jackson.
The length of time a patient has waited from the time their elective surgery is booked to when they are admitted for their elective surgery is known as waiting time.  Waiting times are used by health planners and administrators to measure timely access to hospital care and the efficient performance of . As per the Waiting Time and Elective Surgery Access Policy , RFAs will only be accepted if the minimum data set is complete. Please complete the required information on the RFA as indicated below and return to the central Wait List team for processing. Long waiting times for elective (non-emergency) surgery cause dissatisfaction for patients, because they postpone the expected benefits of treatment, and pain and disability remain. Waiting times are the result of a complex interaction between the demand and supply of health services, with doctors playing a critical role on both sides. Demand for health services and elective surgeries is. It’s bad enough half of all patients across Australia wait more than a month for an elective procedure from the time they were booked. What’s worse is that about 10% wait .
Does not have the potential to become an emergency. Admission within days. Once you have been assessed by a medical specialist you will be placed on the elective surgery waiting list. Your case will then be assigned to a public hospital and scheduled in order of registration and clinical urgency. On average and across Australia, the median wait for surgery was 40 days – except in NSW where the average delay was 55 days; in the ACT with 54 days; and South Australia and Tasmania with 42 days. Patients booked in for elective surgery were given a dose of disappointment recently as the federal government announced restrictions on most elective surgery from midnight on . Summary The Waiting Time and Elective Surgery Policy is the reference guide for facilities to manage elective surgery and medical waiting lists. The policy covers the procedures that facilities are required to follow to adequately manage waiting lists to ensure .