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Wait Times In P.G. Vary

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 5:59 AM

Prince George, B.C.-   While the Fraser Institute’s report on  wait times for  treatment of medical issues   indicates  wait times have  increased across the Country  ( see previous story),   there is no simple way to compare that report’s findings with the  wait lists for   treatment  in Northern Health or  for treatment at the University Hospital  of Northern B.C.

According to the report,  in British Columbia, the  median time for  treatment  from the time  of the  first appointment with a specialist  to the time  treatment is received is  14.5 weeks.   That  is based on   12  specialty areas.

The  statistics for Northern Health  are more  detailed than the umbrella categories provided  in the Fraser Institute’s report.  What can be said is that  among  the all  elective surgeries performed in B.C. between August 1st and October 31st of this year,  90% of the cases  had  received treatment within  an  average  of  31.1  weeks of  waiting.

It is safe to say that  among the 74 different  types of  surgeries  offered  within the Northern Health  region ( not all specialties  provided in the region),  the average wait time  to have a case completed was 25.19 weeks.

The chart below  compares  a select number of specialty  surgeries  and the   weeks   90% of patients waited   to have their  condition  treated  at  the University Hospital of Northern B.C.  with  rates  for  Northern Health and the Province of B.C.  The cases were completed  between August 1st and October 31st:



While Northern Health  would  seem to have  a long wait  for  hip or knee replacement,  you would wait  longer for those procedures if  you lived on Vancouver Island.  The   stats indicate  that 90% of the  hip replacements  completed in that Health Authority  during the same   three month period,  had  been waiting 62.5 weeks.    On the opposite side of the scale,  the shortest  time to treatment was in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority with 39.9 weeks.

Knee replacement  in the Vancouver Island Health  region  saw 90% of  completed cases  during the three months noted, having  waited 69.7 weeks,  and again, Vancouver Coastal had the shortest  period at 43 weeks.

It took  longer  for a patient to  receive  a breast biopsy  in the Vancouver Island Health Authority (9.2 weeks)   while the Interior Health region had the shortest wait time for that procedure at 5.1 weeks.

As for cataract  removal,  Northern Health had the  lowest wait time  at 17.2 weeks,   and once again  Vancouver Island  had the longest at 45.1.




Sounds like the statistics being thrown out here, are from the Provincial Wait List Website?? I personally have no idea why this site exists, except to make people think that elective operations are being completed sooner than actual. It shows a 3 month average, at the end of each month. This figure takes in ALL operations IE emergency surgeries etc. After 40 weeks wait, the website showed my surgeon as 90% of his patients having had their operations at 26.4 weeks. Your surgeon puts your name forward to OR booking and sets a priority for your procedure, so if the surgeon feels that you are not in much pain, you will wait the longest, so it is up to the patient to ensure that the surgeon knows the pain you are having!

As reported on other sites .

The fraser institute survey was completed by only about 20% of medical people .

That should have gotten it thrown in the trash to begin with.

Slinky..carrying on from other post.. I was up and walking the same day…doing stairs the next then home the following. I had to pay $2000 out if pocket to upgrade my hip to last longer as our provincial government will only pay for the cheapest one.

My wife was told 9 months for shoulder replacement if she is lucky after waiting 6 months to see specialist and lucked out on that with a little help.She cannot even feel her had or do anything with arm. I think it is time for a change somewhere here.

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