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Hospitals go under online microscope

The MyHospitals website will be online in December with information about public hospitals in all states and territories– including Western Australia.

Patients will be able to jump online to compare the performance of hospitals via a website to be launched in December.

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said work on the MyHospitals website could now be finalised with the signing on of the West Australian government.

While WA is the only state not to sign up to a national health reform agreement in April it had now agreed to take part in the website, Roxon said.

MyHospitals would show how a hospital performed compared to national average waiting times for elective surgery and emergency department care, list the medical services provided, bed numbers and if outpatient services, such as allied health, were provided.

The website - developed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - will cover all public hospitals and, initially, 50 private hospitals.

The initial data will cover the 2009/10 financial year for all states and territories except WA, for which there will only initially be 2008/09 data.


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