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Vancouver Island surgery wait times worsen over the year before


If you live on Vancouver Island and waiting for surgery, get ready for some long waits.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority is reporting as of November, 21-per cent of people waiting for hip replacements and 29-per cent waiting for knee replacements were waiting over 26 weeks for their surgery, a worsening of wait times over the year before.

It says operating room closures because of a lack of anesthesiologists is partly to blame along with increased demand for the surgeries. Only 59-per cent of elective surgeries were done within what's called the benchmark time frame.

And, 28-per cent of patients have been waiting longer than four months for cataract surgery, also considered too long.


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Erica, Sidney, BC wrote 2 years ago

February 03/2014 sounds like today, October 08/2021. Only the scenario is worse. On Vancouver Island, as one example: Many like myself, are waiting in excruciating pain for hip replacement
We are told it will take a year or more for surgery. That is unforgivable.

Mike, Victoria, BC wrote 10 years ago

I don't know if Canada was always this bad but as a Canadian who's recently returned from five years in Australia let me tell you getting health care in the public system here is comparitively impossible. as in poor-developing-country impossible.

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