Canadians still waiting significantly longer for surgeries than before pandemic: report – CTV

March 23, 2023

Three years after the start of the pandemic, surgical backlogs and wait times are only just starting to improve, according to new data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), with patients still waiting significantly longer for surgeries than they did before the pandemic.

Over the course of the pandemic, roughly 937,000 fewer surgeries were performed in Canada compared to pre-pandemic rates.

Around 24 per cent of that total reduction was due to a decrease in joint replacement or cataract surgeries alone.

In 2022, nearly 40 per cent of patients who required a knee or hip replacement or cataract surgery were not able to receive one within the recommended time frame.

The problem persists across all forms of surgery, according to the new report, which tracks the number of surgeries and trends in wait time since March 2020.

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