Australians preparing for cancer surgery will now be able to compare waiting list times for their local hospital thanks to an expansion of the federal government's MyHospital website.
Median elective surgery waiting times for various cancers were added to the online resource today (May 29), listing the information according to the urgency placed on treating the disease.
According to federal health minister Tanya Plibersek, the website provides a vital resource for patients.
"Waiting times on MyHospitals enables patients to find out more about local services and helps to drive improvements in hospital performance," she told AAP sources.
Ms Plibersek added that she is also looking forward to national benchmarks being developed to directly compare the performance of each hospital.
While Medicare covers a number of health services including public hospital admission, Australians with private health insurance may benefit from a broader range of specialists and facilities.
Private health cover can offer access to shorter waiting lists and a choice in doctor when patients attend a private hospital.
Federal government figures show that prostate, bowel, breast, melanoma and lung cancer are the most common cancers in Australia.