The Bureau of Health Information has launched a survey to find out how NSW's public hospitals are treating their patients.
This bureau was established to independently report on how NSW's public health system is performing.
Their main goal in conducting the Adult Admitted Patient Survey is to identify what is and what isn't working in NSW's public hospitals so that improvements can be made in the necessary areas.
If you have health insurance, you have the option of being treated as a private patient in a public hospital.
So, anything that can be done to discover parts of the health system that could use a revamp is a good thing, and will benefit those with and without private health insurance.
The survey will be sent to approximately 80,000 people who have been spent time in and been treated at NSW's public hospitals. Participants have been selected at random.
They will be asked questions about every stage of their treatment, from being admitted to getting discharged.
Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque, chief executive officer of the bureau, said the survey would ask patients about their NSW hospital experiences so they can discover "how patients feel about the care they receive" and compare how hospitals are performing across the state.
Some of the topics will include the health care and any pain management that was given, what food they were served, and how they were treated by doctors and nurses.
Patients will also be asked about how they managed their medical condition prior to being hospital treatment.
"This is a unique opportunity to measure the aspects of the health system that only patients can tell us about," said Dr Levesque in a statement on 26 June.
He added that the survey would allow the bureau to see NSW's hospitals from the patient's perspective, providing them with indispensable information that they plan to publish in a report when the results are available early next year.
Over the coming year, surveys will continue on a monthly basis. The bureau would like to discover how other health services in the state are functioning, such as NSW's emergency departments and outpatient clinics.
And, after discovering how the older generations feel about NSW's public hospitals in the Adult Admitted Patient Survey, the bureau will also be surveying and gaining the impressions of children and young people who have been admitted to hospital.
All in all, over a quarter of a million people's views on NSW's public health system will be collected during the next 12 months.