Waiting times for elective surgery

The interactive visualisations on this page allow you to compare data across 36 OECD member countries for waiting times for elective surgery for the following procedures:

  • percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
  • coronary bypass
  • prostatectomy
  • hysterectomy
  • hip replacement (total and partial, including the revision of hip replacement)
  • knee replacement.

Key findings

In 2017 (or based on the latest year of data):  

  • the median waiting time for hysterectomy in Australia was above the OECD average, at 55 days from specialist assessment to treatment (OECD average 50 days). The median waiting time from specialist assessment to treatment for cataract surgery, coronary bypass, hip replacement, knee replacement and prostatectomy in Australia were all below the OECD average.