From the Sydney Morning Herald. (H/T ECM)
Westmead Hospital is cancelling surgery at four times the rate the Health Department considers acceptable, and waiting times are so long some surgeons are refusing to add new patients to their operating lists.
About 8 per cent of elective surgery patients at the flagship Sydney University teaching hospital had their operation cancelled on the day of surgery, due to a shortage of post-surgical beds.
[…]Those cancellations – which Professor Fletcher said affected up to half of patients for some types of surgery – were not formally recorded.
[…]Hospitals in western Sydney have suffered staff freezes and bed cuts due to debts that last year reached $26 million.
This is what happens when you take the profit motive out of health care. If there is no way to make money, then there is no free capital that flows into the industry. If there is no free capital, then the only way to expand is by raises taxes. If taxes are already too high, then the only way to control demand is by using waiting lists. And naturally the people in power will favor the special interest groups who vote for them with faster access to treatment.