Reports often talk about surgery wait times, but the time to actually see the specialist for the first time is the hidden waitlist.
There's often limited evidence for many common types of surgery. Understanding what makes good evidence is the key to deciding what's best for you.
Waiting for emergency care, specialist appointments and "elective" procedures is not only inconvenient and frustrating, it can also be painful and detrimental to your health and well-being.
If you present to a hospital on the weekend, you have a higher chance of dying than if you present during the week. This is known as the "weekend effect".