The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Medibank have released the next in a series of reports to improve and progress understanding by surgeons about variations in surgical practice.

Variations in cost, length of stay in hospital and readmissions for urology and ear, nose and throat procedures are highlighted in two new reports designed to encourage specialist conversation about the best ways to improve private hospital clinical outcomes and patient care.

The first of the Surgical Variance Reports on general surgery procedures was released in April 2016 and five more reports have been released by RACS and Medibank. The data contained in these reports is taken from de-identified Medibank claims data that RACS has analysed and interpreted. No individual surgeon (or patient) can be identified.

View the Surgical Variance Reports