New Brunswickers waiting longer for joint replacement, cataract surgeries: Report

Canadians are waiting longer for joint replacements and cataract surgeries, according to new data released by the Canadian Institute for Health and Information (CIHI).

The institute says fewer Canadians received surgery for cataracts and hip and knee replacements within the recommended wait times last year compared with two years ago, while wait times for more urgent procedures like radiation therapy and hip fracture repair remained stable over the same period. 

Data released from the institute also indicates New Brunswickers are waiting longer for the same surgeries.  

The institute reports that 61 per cent of patients in the province received hip replacement surgery within the recommended six-month wait time last year, compared with 68 per cent in 2015. 

The number of patients who underwent knee replacement surgery within the recommended waiting period of six months fell from 62 per cent in 2015 to 52 per cent in 2017. 

For cataract surgery, 78 per cent of patients received the surgery within the recommended 16 week wait time in 2017, compared with 84 per cent in 2015.