South Australians awaiting elective surgery are set to benefit from a $20 million funding injection aimed at reducing elective surgery wait times and easing pressure on our hospitals.
It is estimated this will enable up to 3,000 elective surgeries and 1,000 colonoscopies to be undertaken next financial year.
Reducing the waiting time for patients who require elective surgery is a major priority.
While good progress was being made on reducing the overdue wait lists for elective surgery and colonoscopies, the COVID-19 pandemic had interrupted these efforts - with two complete shutdowns of elective surgery last year.
This funding will be specifically targeted towards those surgeries and procedures where the greatest impact on wait times will be achieved and will utilise both public and private hospital services.