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 Government inaction has massive ramifications—the proof!

11.12.19. Hospital waiting lists could be likened to the canary in down in the coal mine that suddenly croaks and tumbles to the bottom of its cage. It’s the gradual build up of a toxic environment and both state and federal governments are guilty of pushing an unsustainable population growth policy. Ask Dick Smith. If waiting lists continue to worsen, which is guaranteed, because the country welcomes more people from lesser nations who are mostly in poor health just waiting to suckle the treasures of our system. Then expect a panic to lure foreign doctors, some, as we have seen all too often would not qualify as a first aid officer. This inexcusable situation might be compared to the drought which prompted government action after eight years of warning! Useless bastards all!
Public hospitals are struggling to keep pace with demand for elective surgeries and emergency department care, with new figures revealing waiting times have blown out in most states and territories. The latest figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) show 890,000 patients were added to the public hospital waiting list in 2018-19, a 2 per cent increase on the previous year. 

Source: ABC

Bulging queues make Australians wait even longer for a public hospital visit

But AIHW spokesperson Dr Adrian Webster said just 760,000 patients were removed from the list.
“These data suggest that, over time, growth in the number of people receiving elective surgery in public hospitals is not keeping up with demand for elective surgery.”
The figures have also revealed half of all patients were operated on within 41 days, up from 35 days in 2014-15.
Indigenous Australians waited longer, on average, than non-Indigenous people for surgery, with half of all patients seen within 50 days.
Where you live determines how long you wait
Like in previous years, where you live still determines how long you wait for surgery.
Victorians had the shortest wait, with a median timeframe of just 28 days for elective surgery, while half of all Tasmanians were seen in 57 days — well above the national average.
The proportion of patients admitted within the clinically recommended time ranged from about 60 per cent in Tasmania to 97 per cent in New South Wales.
Emergency Department wait times also on the rise
Last year, 8.4 million Australians presented to Australian public hospital emergency departments, according to the AIHW.
That is an average of 23,000 presentations a day and up 4.2 per cent on last year.
Of those patients, just 71 per cent were seen within clinically recommended time frames, down from 74 per cent in 2014-15.
In New South Wales, 78 per cent of patients were seen on time.
But in the ACT, less than half of all patients were treated within clinically recommended timeframes.
And while all resuscitation patients were seen immediately, only 75 per cent of so-called “emergency” patients were seen within the recommended timeframe of 10 minutes.

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  • DT 11/12/2019, 9:23 am

    Increasing the population without infrastructure to support the extra people was always heading into a disaster.

    Squandering money on unreliable energy systems and subsidies would have funded many public teaching hospitals each in the range of $1-1.5 billion.

  • JG 11/12/2019, 10:39 am

    No surprises in Qld. Accidental Anna and Trad waste it on consultant mates, union wants, changing the name of a hospital just for political purposes. The list of waste is long and the debt grows. The putting on another 20,000 public servants at an extra cost of $1B for no gain.
    So what does Labor do every time they run out of money through waste, shout the federal government did not give them enough.

  • Honeybadger 11/12/2019, 12:51 pm

    If you’re a country shopper on Nauru and Manus, scamming the system, never contributing a cent, you’ll have not one day of waiting for hospital. Straight to the top of the queue for you as you’re the number one priority. It all stinks.

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