Wait times for priority procedures are generally shorter for Quebecers than other Canadians

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 Quebec in 2016:

  • More Quebecers received their hip replacements within the benchmark time frame: at least 4 out of 5 patients in 2016. This was above the Canadian average.
  • Wait times for cataract surgery remained stable over the past 5 years, with more than 4 out of 5 patients receiving their surgery within the medically accepted wait time.
  • Nearly all patients in Quebec (98%) started their radiation therapy within the benchmark.

The table below compares the Quebec 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 Quebec

Percentage meeting
benchmark in Canada

2012

2016

2012

2016

Hip replacement

182 days

79

85

81

79

Knee replacement

182 days

76

80

76

73

Cataract surgery

112 days

88

86

83

73

Hip fracture repair

48 hours

n/a*

n/a*

81

86

Radiation therapy

28 days

98

98

97

97


Notes

*   There is no comparable data for hip fracture repair in Quebec.

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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