It’s rare hearing two doctors who work for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority be so candid, especially during an election campaign. One telling it like it is in dealing with cataracts, the other discussing hip and knee procedures. To enhance quality of life, you need to increase the quantity of surgeries.
We ration these procedures in Manitoba and place limits on how many get done. The wait list continues to grow. A report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information concludes the wait for surgery has ballooned to 5,000 from just 2,000 a decade ago.
The fix is simple – fund more surgeries.
Dr. Lorne Bellan is the coordinator of the provincial adult ophthalmology surgical outpatient program at Misericordia Health Centre. Bellan says they don’t operate until people are really starting to suffer. It’s often too late!
The NDP say they will fund more surgeries but this is a government that actually capped them. The Progressive Conservatives will study it and the Liberals are thinking it over.
We also spoke with Dr. Eric Bohm from the Concordia Hip and Knee Institute. Here again there are not enough beds and operating rooms to meet the demand.
It will cost taxpayers millions of dollars but if we want a decent quality of life, we are going to have to start thinking about increasing the quantity of surgeries.
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