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Report Finds Higher Rate of Readmissions for Western Australians Having Common Surgeries

The Western Australian ( writes: The newly released Productivity Commission’s report on government services in Australia, reveals West Australians who have common surgeries in WA’s public hospitals are more likely to have to be readmitted than patients in other States.  According to the report patients who had their tonsils or adenoids removed were the most likely to unexpectedly have to return to hospital in 2015-16.  WA recorded 53.7 unplanned readmissions for every 1000 tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy operations performed, compared with 34.7 nationally.  Patients who had their appendix removed in a WA public hospital were more likely to have to return to hospital, with 32.5 readmissions per 1000 surgeries. The national average appendectomies was 20.9 readmissions.  Readmission rates were higher than average for WA public patients who had a hip replacement, prostatectomy or hysterectomy.  Of the seven measures in the report, WA had readmission rates above the national average in all but one, cataract surgery.

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