Surgery Wait Lists In Canada

Source: Waiting Lists Numbers In Canada

Last night I tuned into the local evening news, something I like to do each night.

There was a report about the waiting list numbers across Canada since the outbreak of Covid. To be honest I thought maybe I heard the report incorrectly. I had not, for I went and found the report online at the CTVNews website. That is the reason for the table on the side, it shows the numbers of each province and it totally shocking.

What was really shocking to me was a man that they interviewed. He needs hip surgery and the surgery has been postponed four times. My spirit hit like a thud for I have been waiting for something to be done to my hip for almost six months.

When I saw the orthopedic surgeon after going through an MRI I asked how long will it be to I have the surgery. His response was astounding and also shocking. He said this, “I just work here”! Several days ago I called the Office of Surgery Schedule to see if they could give me an idea of when I might have my surgery. I learned that I am way down on the list due to the fact that they only received the report back in December. So much for a moderate wait.

This is Canada, we are capable of all types of surgery. Before I was born my paternal grandfather had the first ever brain surgery. He survived and his grandchildren watched as he had to go back to school to learn the basics. Learn how to drive a car once more. He passed all that with flying colors. However, his speech never came back fully, he managed to speak enough for people to understand his train of thought. When he couldn’t find the words, he would just swear.

I thought about writing the MLA in charge of managing the Health portfolio. I realized that my time would be better spent doing something else.

So dear reader, I am not sure what the answer truly is. I do no think it would be wise to perform surgeries around the clock, for one thing there would not be sufficient number of support staff. I just wonder if we are that far behind, what are the numbers like in America or even Britain.

Is anyone else experiencing a long wait for surgery because of how Covid has affected the Health systems?

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  1. ashleyleia
    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you Ashley! I am bookmarking the page to read later today.
      I am always amazed how you find information and other things so fast! I think that skill is something I am not very good at.

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  2. cheriewhite

    I live in America and I know several people still waiting on their surgeries. I feel so bad for them and for you, Dwain. Know that you’re in my prayers!

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Cherie, thank you for your adding me to your prayer list! I truly could use all the prayer at this time of crisis!
      To me it is frustrating that the two richest countries cannot find a way to eliminate waiting lists.

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      1. cheriewhite

        You’re so welcome, Dwain. And you’re so right with your last statement. Honestly, we could eliminate waiting lists but it’s all politics involved. Politics blocks many good things from happening.

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  3. Angie

    Oh wow! This really surprises me! I mean, I realized that things were excruciatingly slow but it’s just terrible to see these numbers! I’m so sorry you have to wait so long 😦

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you Angie! I guess those on the waiting lists will have find a way to manage until their surgery. For me it is a pain killer and a sleeping at night.


  4. Tangie

    Unbelievable wait time but glad it is now over for you.

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