New numbers from the Ministry of Health show demand on B.C.’s surgical facilities is higher than ever.
About 18,000 more British Columbians went under the knife in the fiscal year of 2015-2016 than the previous year.
That’s the equivalent of about 50 surgeries a day.
About 230,000 of those surgeries were patients on a wait list, about 14,000 more than the year before.
The ministry says that more than 570,000 procedures ranged from highly specialized surgeries to routine endoscopic procedures.
In the lower mainland, Fraser Health saw just under 201,000 surgeries, while Vancouver Coastal Health had just over 110,000.
That’s a bump of 2.5 and 6.5 per cent respectively.