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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
50% of patients were admitted within 36 days, and 90% within 253 days of being placed on a waiting list
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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