A record number of patients have been treated in Victorian hospitals, according to the latest performance review of local health services.
The Victorian Health Services Performance Report found hospitals had treated 39,992 patients on the elective surgery waiting list in the three months preceding June this year, which was an increase of 5,749 from the previous quarter.
However, treatment wait times do not seem to be negatively affected by the increase in patient loads. Although the 2013 June quarter saw more than 1,000 additional urgent elective surgery patients than 2012, 100 per cent of these patients were treated within 30 days of first contact.
Emergency treatment delays are also improving against the influx of emergency patients presenting and being admitted to Victorian hospitals.
"Despite the increase in emergency presentations to our hospitals, the median time-to-treatment for all emergency patients improved to 19 minutes in the June 2013 Quarter," Minister for Health David Davis said in an October 31 media release.
The report also showed the most seriously ill and injured patients were receiving immediate care 100 per cent of the time, while 83 per cent of category 2 patients are treated within 10 minutes of arrival at the emergency department.
"Our performance results confirm that Victoria is setting the standard in providing emergency department care in our hospitals," Mr Davis said.
However, Mr Davis highlighted there was still room for improvement. Recent statistics show 24.4 per cent of people have to wait more than 24 hours for an urgent GP appointment, which could ultimately lead to greater pressure on emergency departments.
If you're looking for options to avoid public hospital waiting lists, you may want to consider private health cover.