Province expands surgical procedures
The province announced today that they are significantly expanding the number of surgeries to include procedures through community surgical and diagnostic centres that will be publicly funded.
The province says these state-of-the-art facilities to speed up how quickly people are able to get surgeries and procedures using their health card.
The first step is tackling the existing backlog for cataract surgeries, which has one of the longest waits for procedures. The plan will add 14,000 cataract surgeries each year. This number represents up to 25% of the province’s current cataract waitlist, and accounts for the estimated COVID-related backlog of cataract surgeries.
The province is also investing more than $18 million in existing centres to cover care for thousands of patients, including more than 49,000 hours of MRI and CT scans, 4,800 cataract surgeries, 900 other ophthalmic surgeries, 1,000 minimally invasive gynecological surgeries and 2,845 plastic surgeries. Surgical wait lists are anticipated to return to pre-pandemic levels by March 2023, barring operational issues.
The next steps include more MRI and CT scanning so that people can access publicly funded diagnostic services faster and closer to home. Starting in 2024, the province will expand surgeries for hip and knee replacements.