WINNIPEG – Wait times for joint replacement are improving in Manitoba, but patients are still waiting longer than the average Canadian, while those needing cataract surgery are waiting the longest in Canada, according to a new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
A report released Tuesday morning showed in 2016, 66 per cent of patients waiting for hip replacement met the benchmark of about 6 months, which clinical evidence shows is the appropriate amount of time. That’s up from 56 per cent in 2012.
For knee replacement, Manitoba has improved from 46 per cent in 2012 to 58 per cent in 2016.
Still, Manitoba falls behind the national average for joint replacement which sits at around 75 per cent.
In Winnipeg alone, joint replacement is trending in the wrong direction, according to CIHI. In 2014, patients waiting for hip replacement met the benchmark 70 per cent of the time. It has now fallen to 66 per cent. Patients meeting the benchmark for knee replacement has gone from 71 per cent in 2012 to 57 per cent in 2016.
Manitoba does really well for hip fracture repair. 91 per cent of Manitobans have had surgery to repair the fracture within 48 hours.
The CIHI report also showed Manitoba is having problems keeping up with cataract surgeries. Only about 34 per cent of patients received their eye procedure within the benchmark of about four months.
The national average was about 73 per cent in 2016.
As in previous years, all patients who needed radiation therapy in Manitoba started their treatment within the 28-day benchmark.
“This report adds to the wait time discussion in Canada, showing that most patients nationally have priority area procedures within recommended time frames,” said Kathleen Morris, Vice President of Research and Analysis with CIHI. “However, we continue to see variability in wait times across provinces and procedures. We hope that this information will help pinpoint areas of focus for improvement.”
More data and information can be found at CIHI’s website.