Public Hospital Delays

Access the latest public hospital waiting lists.

In case you needed even more reasons why private health insurance is a smart choice, check out the public hospital waiting lists across Australia. After all, who wants to be worrying about public hospital waiting lists when you or someone you love needs health care? Click these links to view the public hospital waiting lists in your state or territory, or view the graph below to see the latest statistics around elective surgery waiting times.

Australian Capital Territory

  view waiting lists for ACT                

New South Wales

  view waiting lists for NSW

Northern Territory

  view waiting lists for the NT    

South Australia

  view waiting lists for SA

Tasmania

  view waiting lists for TAS     

Victoria

  view waiting lists for VIC     

Western Australia

  view waiting lists for WA


What is elective surgery?

Elective surgery is a term used for non-emergency surgery which is medically necessary, but which can be delayed for at least 24 hours.  It is usually performed in an operating theatre or procedure room under some form of anaesthesia by a surgeon and is comprised of procedures listed in the surgical operations section of the Medicare Benefits Schedule. The ability to have elective surgery performed quickly and with your own choice of specialist is one of the key benefits of having private hospital insurance. Without Hospital Cover, patients who need elective surgery can sometimes wait over a year in the public health system to receive the treatment they need. See the table below for the latest elective surgery waiting times in each Australian state and territory. 

Australian elective surgery waiting times in the public health system


Switching to HIF? Allow us to organise it.

If you're switching from another Australian health insurance provider, we'll need a clearance certificate from your previous fund as proof of the waiting periods you've already served. But don't worry, we can take care of all that for you. Simply give us your authoristaion and we can request a certificate on your behalf.