Report on Government Services

Tasmania's health system is performing well in a number of areas, the latest Productivity Commission Report on Government Services shows.

Tasmania has the most comprehensive ambulance service in the country with more stations and more locations than any other jurisdiction and a 98 per cent satisfaction rating. Progress charts show that Ambulance Tasmania is responding to more calls than ever while maintaining outstanding response times.

The report also highlights Tasmania's above average childhood immunisation rates.

Tasmanians also enjoy below average waiting times for a public dentist, a significantly higher rate of use of the public dental system and an above average participation rate in breast screening for women aged between 50 – 69 years.

Tasmania has the third highest expenditure per capita and the highest rate of mental health beds per 100 000 people.

Seventy-three per cent of patients discharged from hospital had a significant improvement – which is above the national average. A by-product has been increased efficiency, with the cost per inpatient bed days dropping below the national average for the first time in five years.

Areas needing ongoing improvement include elective surgery waiting times. The focus has been on targeting long wait patients. While this does lead to an increase in elective surgery indicators, it means people who have waited longest are getting treatment.