Most of 584.000 Spanish-awaited the last June 30, a call from your hospital to be surgically treated in the public health sector, in a holding that reached on average 93 days, and that in one out of every eight cases more than six months.
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These are the main data made public this morning by the Ministry of Health on the status of the waiting lists for surgical in Spain, some indicators have experienced a slight improvement in comparison to those recorded a year before. The expected average has been reduced by 11 days, the number of patients included in the list at 20,000 people, and the delays of more than six months have also declined by 15%.
autonomous communities, fewer patients in relation to their population is on the waiting list is the Basque Country (8.02 per persons per 100,000 inhabitants), followed by Madrid (8,05) and Andalusia (8,15). At the other extreme, the worst records are submitted by Catalonia (21,44), Extremadura (19,97) and Murcia (18,5).
For waiting times, the two communities that the past 30 of June had shorter periods of time were Madrid and La Rioja (47 days), followed closely by the Basque Country, with only one more day. The longer delays are produced in the Canary islands (147 days), Castilla-La Mancha (137) and Catalonia (132).
Traumatology and ophthalmology (primarily for cataract operations) continue to be the specialties with the most patients waiting, 157.419 and 128.619 respectively, while thoracic surgery (1.652) and cardiac surgery (2.736) are the least. Both have improved, as the majority of specialties, their records, between 30 June 2017 and the this year.
waiting times have fallen in all specialties, except in maxillofacial surgery with an average waiting time has increased in three days. In spite of this, the average delay for operations such as neurosurgery continues at high altitudes: 145 days on average.
Health monitors, with data referred to the autonomous communities, the situation of the waiting lists across the National Health System, which every year carries out 3.6 million of interventions in the public network of hospitals. This figure includes both those that are scheduled (included in the waiting lists) as those that are urgent.
In terms of waiting for consultations with medical specialists, globally present an average waiting time of 57 days, 1 day less than the previous year. There are two specialties that stood at times means waiting more than two months, traumatology with 68 days and ophthalmology, with 64 days. On the contrary, the patients for general surgery and the digestive system have an average wait for consultation of 39 days.