There is a large network of public hospitals and nursing posts spread across the State to provide accessible health care to all communities. There are also hospital support services and palliative care facilities.
Hospitals provide a broad range of in-patient and out-patient health care services to match the needs of the community.
In-patient services include medical, surgical, paediatric, obstetric and rehabilitation services. Many hospitals also provide mental health services and services for older people
Most hospitals provide out-patient services including emergency services, day procedures, diagnostic and assessment services, and therapy services. Hospitals also support various community based programs to prevent or reduce the need for hospitalisation.
Patients requiring elective surgery (non-life threatening) at a public hospital are often placed on waiting lists for some operations.