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How long will you really wait for an elective surgery?

Let's go! Hospital Waiting Time

Your health journey in a public hospital explained

This tool will show you wait times for elective surgery Elective surgery, also known as non-emergency surgery, is surgery which is medically necessary but can be delayed for at least 24 hours. in a public hospital, and how that compares to the private hospital system. Before we get started, let's walk through how to access elective surgery in a public hospital - this will help you understand how wait times work.

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GP visit

Wait-to-wait
Avg 267 days

At the end of December 2017, almost 80,000 people (79,517) were still waiting for a first appointment with a specialist in Western Australia. Of these, 50 per cent had been waiting more than 267 days (8.78 months).

In comparison, in the private system, the average time to see a specialist for a first appointment is 14 - 21 days.

Specialist appointment

Specialist Appointments

You may need one appointment, or several before your specialist diagnoses your issue. Once diagnosed, you will either go on a public hospital waiting list for surgery OR receive non-surgical treatment. The time it takes between your first specialist appointment and placement on the waiting list is not recorded.

Repeat specialist appointment/s
Need Surgery?
No
Non-surgical treatment
Yes
Placement on public hospital waiting list

Wait time avg 34 days

In Western Australia, at the end of June 2017, the median wait time between placement on a waiting list and receiving surgery was 34 days. However, that wait time varied significantly depending on the required procedure and hospital attended. In the private system, the average wait time is 14 - 28 days.

Admitted to hospital for surgery

267+

Without private hospital cover, you could be waiting 267 days plus your wait time

In WA at the end of December 2017, the median 'wait-to-wait' time was around 267 days (8.78 months) between seeing a GP and seeing a specialist for a first appointment.  In addition to the 'wait-to-wait', there's also the wait time - the time between placement on a waiting list and getting surgery.

Tell us a bit about yourself and we will show you wait times for common procedures people your age received in the 2017 financial year.

Medical procedures

Median wait time The public hospital system records wait times and wait-to-wait times as a 'median' - this is a type of average, and refers to the time within which 50 per cent of patients were seen.

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Hospital Waiting Time

Skip the public hospital waiting list with private hospital cover

Depending on the popularity of your specialist, it generally takes only 14 - 28 days between booking surgery and getting admitted to a private hospital for treatment.

➧ Find the right cover for you

Note: If you are taking out hospital cover for the first time, you may need to serve a waiting period A waiting period is a set amount of time during which you can’t claim a benefit from your health fund. If you’ve never had health insurance or you’re upgrading your level of cover, you may need to serve a waiting period before you can claim. before you can claim.


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About the data

The information available in this tool was gathered from three key sources:

1. Public hospital wait times

Public hospital 'wait times' recorded in this tool refers to the median time between placement on a public hospital waiting list and admission to hospital for surgery. This data was for the 2017 financial year, and was sourced from the MyHospitals website, run by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The data is available for download here.

2. Public hospital wait-to-wait times

The public hospital 'wait-to-wait' time recorded in this tool refers to the median time patients had been waiting for a first specialist appointment as at the end of December 2017 in Western Australia. This figure represents an overall wait-to-wait time for Adult Tertiary Hospitals in WA.

The data was sourced from the Government of Western Australian Department of Health's website, and is available for download here.

3. Private hospital wait-to-wait and wait time estimates

There is no quantitative data available for private hospital wait-to-wait or wait times. For that reason, HBF partnered with major private hospital network, Ramsay Health Care, to estimate private hospital wait times.

The information available in this tool is based on a qualitative assessment of private hospital wait times. Ramsay Health Care interviewed 50 specialists and based on their responses, determined that the average wait-to-wait was around 2-3 weeks, while the average wait time was 2-4 weeks.



What is an elective surgery?

Elective surgery, also known as non-emergency surgery, is surgery which is medically necessary but can be delayed for at least 24 hours.

What is a median?

The public hospital system records wait times and wait-to-wait times as a 'median' - this is a type of average, and refers to the time within which 50 per cent of patients were seen.

What is a waiting period?

A waiting period is a set amount of time during which you can’t claim a benefit from your health fund. If you’ve never had health insurance or you’re upgrading your level of cover, you may need to serve a waiting period before you can claim.

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