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Percentage of category 3 admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery (Regional)

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This FACT indicates the percentage of category 3 admissions from waiting lists for elective surgery in each state and territory. In Australia, at the time of being placed on the hospital’s waiting list in each state, it is common for a clinical assessment to be made to determine the urgency of the patient’s required elective surgery. A category 3 admission is an admission sometime in the future for patients as their condition causes minimal or no pain, dysfunction or disability, which is also highly unlikely to become worse over time and does not have the capability of becoming an emergency. The data for this FACT were collected in the years 2016 and 2017 by the AIHW. The state with the highest number of category 3 admissions from waitings lists for elective surgery is New South Wales at 44.4 percent. The state with the lowest is the Northern Territory at 21.5 percent.

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Source: AIHW, 2017

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