This article contains information on waiting times for surgery at public and private hospitals.
Resources and links to useful information.
- 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.