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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2753..


Canberra Hospital

(Question No 230)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 26 June 2002:

In relation to New South Wales patients using the Canberra Hospital:

(1) How many NSW patients used the hospital in (a) 1999/2000, (b) 2000/2001.

(2) How many (a) bed days did this represent and (b) what percentage of bed days did this represent in each of the above financial years.

(3) What effect do NSW patients have on (a) elective (b) non elective hospital waiting lists for ACT residents.

(4) What area surrounding NSW is served by the Canberra Hospital.

(5) What area of NSW is served by the Southcare helicopter and are there other hospitals within this area which could take Southcare patients.

(6) What percentage of Southcare patients in each of the two years at (1) above from the area served were (a) flown to The Canberra Hospital, (b) flown from another hospital.

(7) How much funding did the NSW Government contribute to The Canberra Hospital in (a) 1999/2000 and, (b) 2000/2001.

(8) Was the funding provided at (7) on a per capita or per bed basis, or did it take into account the severity of the NSW patient's condition.

(9) If no account is taken of the NSW patient's condition, who pays the more sophisticated surgical and medical procedures, additional nursing services etc that may be required.

(10) What (a) funding (b) the funding as a percentage of the overall cost does, the NSW Government pay to Southcare in each of the years at (1) above.

(11) How many NSW patients currently occupy a Canberra Hospital bed because they cannot obtain nursing home or convalescent facilities.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is:

1. During 1999/2000 there were 14,947 separations (episodes of care in hospital) in ACT public hospitals relating to 7,892 NSW patients. Separations relating to NSW patients represent 23.5% of all separations for this same year.

In 2000/2001 there were 14,622 separations in ACT public hospitals relating to 7,709 NSW patients. These separations represent 22.7% of all separations for 2000/2001.

2. The number of bed days involving NSW patients during 1999/2000 and 2000/2001 in ACT public hospitals was 54,977 and 55,551 days respectively. These bed days represent 25.1% of all bed days at TCH during 1999/00 and 24.5% in 2000/01.

3. Over the last 6 months NSW patients represented, on average, 28% of all patients on ACT public hospital waiting lists. Patients requiring surgery - elective and non elective - are treated the same, regardless of place of residence. This is in accordance with the Australian Healthcare Agreement that states eligible persons should have equitable access to public hospital services, regardless of their geographical location


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