Indigenous Australians waiting longer for elective surgery

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2018/2019 report, Indigenous Australians continue to wait longer for admission from elective surgery waiting lists than non-indigenous.

Overall, the time within which 50% of Indigenous Australians were admitted was higher than that for other Australians (50 days compared with 40 days).

In general, more people are waiting for elective surgery. It should be noted that this data was accumulated prior to Covid-19 which has increased waiting times significantly.

In 2018–19:

  • 893,000 patients were added and 758,000 patients admitted for surgery from public hospital elective surgery waiting lists
  • General surgery was the most common surgical specialty (21%), followed by Urological surgery (14%)

Bernard McAuley

McAuley Hawach Lawyers

11 Fennell Street, Parramatta NSW 2124

Telephone: (02) 9633 1826

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