Elective surgery better options for you: South Australia's Health Care Plan
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Limitations to surgical treatment across the state lifted
From Thursday 14 May 2020, public and private hospitals will be able to start increasing the number of elective surgery procedures and return to full activity. In public hospitals, the focus will be on elective surgery procedures that are overdue, which have increased following the national decision in March 2020 to temporarily stop elective procedures because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information visit the Limitations to surgical treatment across the state lifted page.
A major priority for the South Australian Government is to reduce the waiting time for patients who require elective surgery in our hospitals.
If you require elective surgery, your specialist will place you on a hospital’s booking list after a medical assessment. They will determine how urgent your condition is and plan your surgery using one of the three national clinical urgency categories:
Category 1 — Procedures that are clinically indicated within 30 days.
Category 2 — Procedures that are clinically indicated within 90 days.
Category 3 — Procedures that are clinically indicated within 365 days
There are eight metropolitan public hospitals and twenty nine country public hospitals which perform elective surgery which are referred to as Booking List Hospitals in SA.