REPORT: MOST GET PRIORITY SURGERIES WITHIN WAIT TIME TARGETS

Mar 28, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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Three out of four Canadians received a hip or knee replacement, cataract surgery, hip fracture repair or cancer radiation therapy within the recommended wait times.
That’s the finding of a report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
The just released report offers a snapshot of wait times for five priority procedures in 2016 and compares them to numbers the previous four years.
Overall, wait times for hip fracture repair across Canada continued to improve with 86% of patients receiving surgery within the 48-hour benchmark.
Wait times for joint replacement nationally remained relatively unchanged last year – 75% received hip or knee surgery within 182-days.
Provincially, the study found more than 80% of Ontario residents received a hip or knee replacement or hip fracture repair withing the recommended wait times last year while the number for those needing cancer radiation therapy jumped to 98%.
However, there was a 10% drop in the proportion of Canadians who received cataract surgery last year within the targeted wait time of 112-days.
A spokesperson for the institute says the country’s aging population may be a reason for that.
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