Public hospitals in South Australia are struggling to cope with elective surgeries demands, causing the number of patients treated within an acceptable time to deteriorate over the past 12 months, according to the opposition government.
State shadow minister for health and ageing Martin Hamilton-Smith believes that based on new figures, the number of urgent elective surgery patients who had not received treatment within the 30 day timeframe had increased by one per cent since the last financial year.
"The number of semi-urgent elective surgery patients – requiring treatment within 90 days – who are not being treated within timelines has increased from 11 per cent to 13 per cent," Mr Hamilton-Smith claimed today (January 16).
"Even non-urgent cases – requiring treatment within one year – have doubled from three per cent not receiving treatment within timelines to six per cent."
Patients in South Australia may be able to experience short waiting times – as well as a choice of doctor – with private health insurance cover.
Based on the federal government's Australian Hospital Statistics 2010-11 report, the national median waiting time has increased from 32 to 36 days between 2006-07 and 2010-11.