Manitoba wait times improve for joint replacement, but are still longer than Canadian average

OTTAWA, March 28, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has released its annual report on wait times for specific priority procedures across the country. The report found the following for Manitoba in 2016:

  • More patients had hip and knee replacement surgeries within the benchmark time frame than 5 years ago. However, Manitoba's wait times were still longer than the pan-Canadian average.
  • Last year, less than half of patients (34%) received their cataract surgery within the benchmark.
  • Wait times improved for hip fracture repairs. In 2016, more than 9 out of 10 patients received their hip fracture repair within 48 hours.
  • As in previous years, all patients (100%) who needed radiation therapy started their treatment within the 28-day benchmark.

The table below compares the Manitoba and national numbers. A higher percentage means that more people had their procedures done within the medically acceptable time frame.

 

Procedure

Benchmark: The amount of
time that clinical evidence
shows is appropriate to
wait for a procedure

Percentage meeting
benchmark in Manitoba

Percentage meeting
benchmark in Canada

2012

2016

2012

2016

Hip replacement

182 days

56

66

81

79

Knee replacement

182 days

46

58

76

73

Cataract surgery

112 days

n/a*

34

83

73

Hip fracture repair

48 hours

86

91

81

86

Radiation therapy

28 days

100

100

97

97


Notes

*   2016 data is not directly comparable with 2012 data.

For information on wait time definitions and exceptions, please visit the Wait Times tool.

 

Wait Times for Priority Procedures in Canada, 2017 also includes information on wait times for diagnostic imaging and cancer surgery. Data on trends from 2008 to 2016 — organized by province, health region and procedure — is available in CIHI's online Wait Times tool. The Wait Times tool also provides an explanation of how wait times are calculated for each priority procedure.

Quote

This report adds to the wait time discussion in Canada, showing that most patients nationally have priority area procedures within recommended time frames. However, we continue to see variability in wait times across provinces and procedures. We hope that this information will help pinpoint areas of focus for improvement.

Kathleen Morris, Vice President, Research and Analysis, CIHI

About CIHI

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada's health systems and the health of Canadians.

We provide comparable and actionable data and information that are used to accelerate improvements in health care, health system performance and population health across Canada. Our stakeholders use our broad range of health system databases, measurements and standards, together with our evidence-based reports and analyses, in their decision-making processes. We protect the privacy of Canadians by ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of the health care information we provide.

 

SOURCE Canadian Institute for Health Information

For further information: Media contact, media@cihi.ca, Julie Bortolotti, 613-694-6654

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