Ontario patients wait longer for cataract surgery, while waits for other priority procedures remain stable

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 Ontario in 2016:

  • At least 4 out of 5 patients received their joint replacement (hip or knee) within the benchmark time frame. Variations existed across regions, and how long patients waited depended on where they received care.
  • Patients are waiting longer for cataract surgery. Last year, 70% of patients had their surgery within the medically accepted time frame. This was down from 86% in 2012.
  • Waits for hip fracture repair surgery have remained stable, with more than 4 out of 5 patients receiving their surgery within 48 hours.
  • Nearly all patients (99%) who needed radiation therapy started their treatment within the benchmark last year. This remained stable since 2012.

The table below compares the Ontario 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 Ontario

Percentage meeting
benchmark in Canada

2012

2016

2012

2016

Hip replacement

182 days

89

85

81

79

Knee replacement

182 days

84

81

76

73

Cataract surgery

112 days

86

70

83

73

Hip fracture repair

48 hours

82

85

81

86

Radiation therapy

28 days

98

99

97

97


Note

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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