Procedures Not Routinely Funded
The policy of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is that public hospital elective surgery is prioritised to treat patients who have a clinical need for surgery to improve their health. This is consistent with the current approach to prioritisation of elective surgery.
This policy is accompanied by guidelines on Procedures Not Funded to be Routinely Performed (PNFRP) in Tasmanian Public Hospitals. These guidelines strengthen Tasmania's position by clearly detailing the surgical procedures not funded to be routinely performed. The guidelines contain information on the hospital approval processes to be followed to enable a PNFRP to be performed and the process for managing patients already on waiting lists for these procedures.