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At least 3 out of 4 Canadians have their procedure done within medically acceptable wait times, but this varies with the procedure they have and where they live.

  • Hip fracture repair has a medically acceptable wait time of 48 hours.
    • 86% of Canadians had their hip fracture repair surgery within 48 hours in 2016; this was an improvement from 81% in 2012.
  • Cataract surgery has a medically acceptable wait time of 112 days, or approximately 4 months.
    • Fewer Canadians received cataract surgery within 4 months in 2016 (73%) than in 2012 (83%).
  • Joint replacement has a medically acceptable wait time of 182 days, or approximately 6 months.
    • About 75% of Canadians waited 6 months or less for a hip or knee replacement, but this varied widely across provinces, from 38% to 85%.
  • Radiation therapy has a medically acceptable wait time of 28 days, or approximately 1 month.
    • 97% of Canadians waited about 1 month or less to receive radiation therapy.

Use CIHI’s Wait Times web tool to get detailed information on wait times in Canada: waittimes.cihi.ca.