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Elective surgeries in Australia drop to 10-year low due to Covid measures, report finds

Decline of 17% at public hospitals compared with previous year attributed to restrictions during Delta and Omicron waves

The number of elective surgeries performed across Australia has slumped to a 10-year low due to Covid-19.

New data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows there were 623,000 elective surgeries at public hospitals in the 2021/22 financial year.

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