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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 6 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2393..


(including depreciation), is:

(a)

The Canberra Hospital

(i)

2000-01 was $986 per patient day (determined by dividing the total number of dollars used to provide acute services by the total number of patients days provided in the year)

(ii)

2001-02 was $1,137

(iii)

2002-03 was $1,235

(iv)

2003-04 was $1,280

(v)

2004-05 was $1,541

(vi)

2005-06 was $1,492

(vii)

2006-07 was $1,578

(viii)

2007-08 to date is not yet available.

(b)

Calvary Public Hospital

(i)

2000-01 was $911 per patient day (determined by dividing the total number of dollars used to provide acute services by the total number of patients days provided in the year)

(ii)

2001-02 was $1,073

(iii)

2002-03 was $1,193

(iv)

2003-04 was $1,243

(v)

2004-05 was $1,419

(vi)

2005-06 was $1,363

(vii)

2006-07 was $1,389

(viii)

2007-08 to date is not yet available.

Seniors—hospital care

(Question No 2051)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 6 May 2008:

(1) Can the Minister explain why the ACT community continues to hear reports in the media and through other avenues, for example, representations to Members of the Legislative Assembly, about elderly patients having surgery organised and then postponed and/or cancelled to a later date, often on more than one occasion;

(2) What strategies does the Minister intend to put in place to provide good quality and timely care to the elderly;

(3) What processes are in place to enable elderly patients to evoke the use of their Veterans' Affairs Gold Card status at Canberra's public hospitals.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) There are times when elective surgery has to be postponed. This is principally due to the need to treat more urgent patients with life-threatening conditions. More urgent elective surgery and emergency surgery will take precedence over less urgent elective surgery when all operating theatres are operating at capacity. Age is not a consideration in the postponement of cases.


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