A website that will allow Australians to compare the performance of the country’s hospitals will be launched in December.

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the work on the MyHospitals website could be finalised now that the West Australian Government has agreed to take.

The website is being developed by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and will offer information about all public hospitals and, initially, 50 private hospitals.

People will be able to compare the performance of a hospital against the national average waiting times for elective surgery and emergency care.

The website will also provide details about the hospital’s medical services, bed capacity and the outpatient services available.

The initial information on the website will cover the 2009/10 financial year for all states and territories except Western Australia, for which there will be information about the 2008/09 financial year.