As reported by Adelaide Now, ABC Online and other news outlets, a Productivity Commission’s report on government health services was released with data for 2015-2016. It shone light on three surgical patients left with items inside their bodies and four people committing suicide, totaled seven of the eleven medical disasters that occurred in South Australian public hospitals. For the first time in five years, a wrong patient was operated on, as well.
The report provides data for the whole country, noting 82 cases of the aforementioned results, along with data for many other medical incidents. Of note, life expectancy has risen, the most common causes of death in 2016 were cancer and circulatory related, and total government spending on health services in public hospitals was nearly $100 billion.