This article contains information on waiting times for surgery at public and private hospitals.

Resources and links to useful information.

Private patient:

  • The time you will wait depends on the availability of the specialist you have chosen.
  • You can choose another specialist who may be able to see you sooner but you will need to go back to your GP for a new referral.
  • It is a good idea to call some specialists’ rooms prior to getting a referral from your GP to gauge availability (and cost). Alternatively you can ask your GP for a list of specialists to try. Or use one of these websites:
  • Even if you have researched which specialist you would like to see, you will still need a referral from your GP in order to be seen and have some of the cost covered by Medicare.

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