Extra funding has led to a 98.5% reduction in overdue waiting lists of elective surgery patients in South Australia, the government said.

Australia’s public hospitals conducted nearly 44,000 elective surgery procedures in 2008–09, cutting the number of overdue patients to 32 from 2,023.

The number of elective surgeries performed increased by 15% following a drop in surgeries for the past four consecutive years.

Average waiting times dropped to 36 days in June 2009 from 42 days in the same month the previous year.

The government adopted different strategies such as using weekends and public holidays for surgery as well as recruiting more doctors and nurses to perform more surgeries.

The Australian Government has invested A$600m in an effort to boost elective surgeries across the country.