“I am a very empathetic and understanding person. There are probably more people out there in pain and despair.”
Gregory’s experience is shared by thousands of people in the public health system, according to the Australian Medical Association (AMA), the union representing Australian doctors.
“These hidden figures are a scandal”
“Elective surgery wait times are reported nationally each year, but these figures do not reflect the time spent waiting to see specialists in outpatient clinics.”
Australian Medical Association AMA President Professor Steve Robson at a press conference at the Houses of Parliament in Canberra on 1 September 2022. sauce: AAP / Mick Tsikas
Public hospital outpatient appointments are scheduled by urgency.
Patients needing urgent neurosurgeon appointments can wait up to 930 days in Victoria, and for ear, nose and throat appointments wait times can be 1,400 days or more.
“The only way to improve our hospital system is to make the number of people waiting for treatment completely transparent. ” added Professor Robson.
Patients who ultimately receive emergency care
“These numbers were incredibly high pre-COVID. To say this is just a COVID issue, or just because of the pandemic, is simply not true. Waiting lists have been a problem for many years, The AMA has been around for years.These hidden waiting lists will be reported and released.”
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/it-was-a-personal-hell-elective-surgery-patients-suffering-through-years-long-hidden-waiting-lists/7p3ygqj9z Elective surgery patients suffering from years of ‘hidden’ waiting list