The B.C. government is spending about $10 million to tackle wait lists for surgeries.
Health Minister Terry Lake says the money will first go to help people who’ve been waiting the longest — 40 weeks or more.
The surgeries will include orthopedics, hernias, ear, nose and throat, cataracts and plastics.
Speaking on the Simi Sara Show on CKNW, Lake admits while some changes seem like common sense, enacting them can be frustrating.
“Someone told me that healthcare suffers from stakeholder through the heart, and I think that’s probably quite true. We’ve got entrenched interests, whether it’s healthcare providers, whether it’s facilities, whether it’s administration, whether it’s unions, and so it makes change very difficult.”
Lake says overall, the wait lists need to be better managed.
Health authorities will begin increasing surgeries over the summer, and complete up to 1,000 extra operations throughout the province over the next four months.