Medical and Scientific: Health system lags nation

28 Jan 2021 - Medical and Scientific

Tasmanian public hospital patients face longer waits for both emergency and elective treatment and suffer more adverse outcomes than patients interstate. The Productivity Commission’s Annual Report on Government Services compared state health systems and painted a bleak and worsening picture of Tasmania’s hospitals. The report found that 52 per cent of category-one patients faced waits of more than the recommended 30 days in 2019-20, and 75 per cent of category-two patients faced waits of longer than the recommended 90 days. Category-three patients waited more than a year in 43 per cent of cases. In emergency departments, the state had the worst performance in the nation, with just 66 per cent of emergency patients receiving care on time. Results for urgent, semi-urgent and non urgent cases were slightly better.

Hobart Mercury; 28/01/2021; Page 12