Australian hospital statistics 2011-12: elective surgery waiting times
In 2011-12: - About 662,000 patients were admitted to Australian public hospitals from elective surgery waiting lists - 50% of patients were admitted for their surgery within 36 days of being placed on the waiting list and 90% were admitted within 251 days.
The surgical specialities with the longest median waiting times in 2011-12 were Ophthalmology, Ear, nose and throat surgery and Orthopaedic surgery (74, 66 and 63 days respectively). Cardiothoracic surgery had the shortest median waiting time (16 days).
Total knee replacement was the procedure with the longest median waiting time (184 days) while Coronary artery bypass graft had the shortest median waiting time (16 days).
"Over the five years from 2007-08 to 2011-12, the number of admissions from elective surgery waiting lists nationally rose by an average of 3.8% per year-but this was partly driven by an increase in the number of small hospitals reporting waiting times data", said AIHW spokesperson Alison Verhoeven.