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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.
50% of patients were admitted within 36 days, and 90% within 253 days of being placed on a waiting list
People waited the longest for Ear, nose and throat surgery, Ophthalmology, and Orthopaedic surgery
Indigenous Australians experienced longer waits for elective surgery (42 days) than for other Australians (35 days)
698,000 patients were admitted to public hospitals from elective surgery waiting lists
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