Waiting Times of Surgeries Continue to be High

SurgeriesDespite making efforts, waiting times for important surgeries like hip and knee replacements in provinces are not reducing, revealed a report taken out by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

In order to reach at the above given conclusion, the report makers compared surgeries performed in 2011 and 2012. They reached at a conclusion that though 21,000 more surgeries were carried out in 2012 than in 2011, even then also waiting times did not decline.

Some of the many sections which have been priority for the provinces as well as for the federal government are radiation therapy for cancer, cataract surgery, hip and knee replacements, cardiac bypass surgery and hip fracture repair.

It has been found that 15% more surgeries have been carried out between 2010 and 2012, which had cost authorities concerned over $100 million. Then also, decline cannot be noticed and it can be said that increase volume is the main culprit.

Kathleen Morris, who is director of health system analysis at CIHI, said that initially, they saw a decline in waiting times, but then they did not notice any decline.

"At the same time, this growing volume presents a challenge to efforts to reduce the time that each individual patient waits", said Jeremy Veillard, Vice President of research and analysis at CIHI.