Elective surgery waiting times 2016–17: Australian hospital statistics

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Waiting times for elective surgery were reported for 259 of Australia’s public hospitals in 2016–17. This report presents information on elective surgery waiting times for these public hospitals for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, as well as comparative information for the previous 4 reporting periods.

For the first time, it includes waiting times information for a much wider range of surgical procedures than previously available—including arthroscopies, removal of skin lesions, removal or biopsy of breast lumps and carpal tunnel release surgery.

Further information on elective surgery waiting times, including comparisons for public and private health insurance patients, will be published in early 2018 when the information is available to the AIHW.

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