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The AMA Public Hospital Report Card 2009 is an analysis of the most up-to-date national data on public hospital performance plus more recent feedback from doctors working in public hospitals in all States and Territories.

It shows that Australia’s public hospitals continue to be seriously under-funded and are struggling to meet growing public demand for their services.

People still experience excessive waits in emergency departments and excessive waits for admission to a hospital bed. Waiting times for elective surgery have been getting longer.

These trends are the inevitable consequence of decisions taken by governments, over many years, to reduce the capacity of our public hospitals to meet the needs of Australians who require hospital treatment.

They are despite the hard work and dedication of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who care for patients in public hospitals. I applaud all my colleagues who do their very best under increasingly difficult conditions.

More than half the Australian population depends on the public hospital system, yet the hospitals do not have the capacity (funds, workforce, or infrastructure) to adequately meet their needs.


Sky News - Public hospital system in decline: AMA
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