Elective surgery eluding patients as GPs call for transparent wait lists

Recent figures released by the COAG Reform Council showed the national waiting time by which 50% of patients underwent elective surgery was 36 days; 90% of patients underwent surgery within 252 days.

But AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said that figure did not take into account the time patients had to wait between being referred by a GP and seen by a specialist; he estimated “twice as many” patients could be on the “hidden” list as are on the official list.