British Columbians are waiting longer to receive joint replacement and cataract surgery in 2016 compared to 2012, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
The new study looks at the Benchmark, the medically accepted time frame to wait for surgery.
In the Institute’s annual report, the number of patients receiving hip replacements within the Benchmark fell by 19% and the number of patients receiving knee surgery within the Benchmark fell by 27%.
As well, the number of people getting cataract surgery in an acceptable time frame fell by 19%.
But, there is some good news.
Over the 4 years, the number of patients receiving hip fracture repairs within the Benchmark increased by 5%.