April 12, 2018 — New wait time data released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows that Canadians are waiting longer for joint replacements and cataract surgeries, while doctors are performing more of these procedures than they did in 2015.

Meanwhile, wait times for radiation therapy and hip fracture repair remained stable in 2017.

Data on trends from 2013 to 2017 is available in CIHI’s online Wait Times tool, organized by province, health region and procedure.

Key findings

Hip replacements

76% of Canadians received hip replacement surgery within the recommended wait time of 6 months in 2017, compared with 81% in 2015.

Knee replacements

69% of Canadians who underwent knee surgery received the procedure within the recommended 6-month wait time in 2017, compared with 77% in 2015.

Cataract surgery

71% of Canadians who had cataract surgery in 2017 received the procedure within the recommended wait time, compared with 76% in 2015.

Hip fracture repair

87% of Canadians who needed hip fracture repair received the procedure within the recommended 48 hours. This was unchanged from 2015 to 2017.

Radiation therapy

97% of people who had radiation therapy for cancer in 2017 received it within the recommended wait time of 28 days. This was unchanged from 2015 to 2017.

 

Provincial and regional highlights are also available from CIHI’s Media Relations team at media@cihi.ca.

About CIHI

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada’s health systems and the health of Canadians.

We provide comparable and actionable data and information that are used to accelerate improvements in health care, health system performance and population health across Canada. Our stakeholders use our broad range of health system databases, measurements and standards, together with our evidence-based reports and analyses, in their decision-making processes. We protect the privacy of Canadians by ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of the health care information we provide.

Media contact

media@cihi.ca
Riley Denver
416-549-5559