Public hospitals in Victorian failed to meet four of nine key performance benchmarks in the September quarter, according to the state health department.
According to the Victorian Health Service Performance Report, almost one-third of emergency patients requiring a bed waited more than eight hours.
The number of patients presenting to emergency departments also increased – up by approximately 3 per cent to 377,157 when compared to the same period in 2010.
Frankston Hospital in Melbourne's south was highlighted as an emergency room with long waiting times, contributing to 40 per cent of the 623 patients reporting a waiting time of more than 24 hours.
Surgeries – both the number performed and waiting list times – also saw an increase in the three month period.
State health minister David Davis said that despite the report's findings, hospital performance had remained steady over the past 12 months.
Avoiding public hospital waiting lists – as well as having the choice of doctor that attends to you – are among the advantages of private health insurance.
Benefits to health insurance policy holders paid for hospital treatment in the twelve months to June 2011 increased by 8 per cent, reaching a total of $9.3 billion.