We’re doing more surgery, and still the waiting lists grow

How much, as taxpayers, are we willing to pay for other people getting every little thing taken care of as part of your “free” health system?

More than 7000 people missed out on elective surgeries over a three-month period last year — thousands more than initially thought.

New data released by the government shows 7229 patients referred to hospital specialists by GPs between July 1 and September 30 did not meet the threshold for publicly-funded elective surgery.

Provisional figures released in March showed 5335 patients had missed out.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said all up, 158,214 patients had been referred for a first assessment by a specialist, and 87 percent of referrals were accepted, while five percent were declined.

“As the data builds we expect the number of patients sent back to their GP for care as they did not meet the threshold, may rise to around 10 to 15 percent,” he said.  

Health Funds Association, the industry body representing health insurers, said it confirms what they already know – more and more people are waiting for elective surgery.

Chief executive Roger Styles said the association’s own figures showed up to 280,000 people were waiting.

“More and more people need surgery, but our public system is stretching just to keep pace with growing demand, while less urgent cases have to wait longer and longer,” he said,

The system is always going to be stretched because new procedures come along and patients who were never eligible for surgery now, all of a sudden, are.

Then there are those who want their lifestyle subsidised on the public health system…like transgender folk who want all the surgery paid for by the taxpayer.

People dream up all sorts of surgeries and procedures to demand from the government…and we have to pay for it. Fifty years ago there were no hip replacements…you got old, your hips failed, you lived in a wheel chair…no surgery waiting lists..nothing. Now there is a waiting list. The sad thing is the old bastards die a few years later and the new hip goes in the box with them.

We will never get on top of this while the public expects the taxpayer to pick up the tab for everything.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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