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In 2014–15: about 700,000 patients were admitted to Australian public hospitals from elective surgery waiting lists; 50% of patients were admitted for their surgery within 35 days; fewer than 2% of patients waited more than a year for their surgery.
People waited the longest for Ear, nose and throat surgery, Ophthalmology, and Orthopaedic surgery
Between 2011–12 and 2014–15 admissions from elective surgery lists increased by about 1.8% each year
698,000 patients were admitted to public hospitals from elective surgery waiting lists
Indigenous Australians experienced longer waits for elective surgery (42 days) than for other Australians (35 days)
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