PATIENTS with the longest waiting time in the Balearic public health system are those needing the services of orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat specialists).
The conditions treated by these departments are, according to Francisco Carceles, coordinator of waiting lists for public health services in the Balearic Islands, considered the most common types of diseases.
He added that as the island has an aging population, chronic conditions needing treatment increase.
Carceles said that the objective of the current administration is that no patient should have to wait more than six months for surgery and no more than 60 days for a consultation with a specialist.
As of December 31 of last year, more than 2,000 patients were on the waiting list for cataract surgery, around 440 were waiting for knee replacement surgery with hundreds more awaiting other types of procedures.