Waiting list balance The public network at the end of 2022 shows a panorama with some differences compared to the previous year, although since the summer the Ministry of Health has launched a package of measures aimed at trying to improve the situation.
a) yes, Ended 2022 with 59,575 people on the waiting list For the first specialist consultation, when the family doctor refers the patient to a traumatologist, dermatologist, etc. This is 2% more than at the end of 2021, when there were 58,426 people on this waiting list, and 32% more than patients who were waiting for a first consultation (45,159) in 2020, the year before the pandemic.
the other side of the coin is average waiting time Maintains some bottom stability. In comparison to the 76 days patients were waiting for at the end of 2021, it is now 72 days.
variations during the year
The evolution of the list for the first consultation has varied over the years. Thus, before the summer the trend was down (52,886 patients in June), but the summer period pulled up chart and in august they arrived record number: 61,105 people waiting average 76 days,
Along with the new curriculum, Salud took measures such as increased query activity To download the list in many medical specialties during the normal working day of doctors as well as overtime schedules (peonadas) outside normal hours. Counselor Indurain pointed out that he expected an improvement in the figures in the latter part of the year but the data did not reflect a substantial improvement in the end.
In fact, the modest increase experienced in the autumn months slowed in December after the peak was recorded during the summer, possibly due to the impact of holidays and Christmas.
Surgical waiting lists get worse But this is normal behavior when the activity in the query increases. The year 2022 ended with 25% more patients Awaiting intervention: 8,206 total, compared to 6,531 at the end of 2021. Data on patients waiting for surgery is also worse than in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, which ended with 7,034 people waiting for operations.
in the subject timeout They are also old at the end of 2022. In particular, patients waiting for an operation 85 days on average As compared to 82 days last year.