Long wait times are often one of the reasons why people seek private health cover, although a program in Queensland has apparently been effective at speeding up access to surgery.
Queensland Health's Surgery Connect program has given people the chance to receive surgery in the recommended time, supporting 3,800 procedures in 2012-13.
Health minister Lawrence Springborg explained that over the coming four years, an additional 8,000 procedures will be supported at a cost of $55 million to public-private partnerships.
He revealed that five hospitals in particular are experiencing high demand: The Townsville Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, The Cairns Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Meanwhile, orthopaedics, urology, endoscopy and ophthalmology emerged as the surgical specialities where pressure is being felt most.
Mr Springborg commented: "Service contracts with private hospital providers have been renewed and new outsourcing opportunities are available in more than 45 private hospitals state-wide."
He added that patients are benefiting from the government's decision to go into partnership with the private sector to deliver surgical services, as outlined in the Blueprint for Better Healthcare released in February.
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