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Provincial Strategies

More than half of all surgeries in B.C. are performed to address a medical emergency or a condition that requires immediate attention. Scheduled surgery, though medically necessary, is planned in advance. For this type of surgery, a surgeon’s office sends a booking package to the health authority where the surgery will be performed. Until the date of their surgery, the patient is placed on a waitlist.

The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Provincial Surgical Executive Committee and the health authorities, has developed plans to improve timely access to appropriate scheduled surgical procedures, optimally manage surgical waitlists, and improve the patient experience. Actions include:

Improve Timely Access

Manage Surgical Waitlists Optimally

Improve the Patient Experience

Long Term Wait Time Data

Below is historical information for all scheduled procedures waiting and completed in B.C. For more detailed information about specific procedures, use the Find a Procedure tool.

Surgical Patient Registry
Years Cases Waiting Cases Completed 50% of Cases completed within90% of Cases completed within
All Procedures
2014/1573,334216,1486.130.9
2015/1676,467219,0146.932.3
2016/1780,702225,0157.032.4
2017/1881,875222,5007.133.3
Source: SWTP, updated each year based on August data, BC Ministry of Health.
Note: This data excludes cardiac surgeries and corneal transplants.

BC Cancer Agency
YearsCases WaitingCases Completed50% of Cases completed within90% of Cases completed within
Radiotherapy
2014/1535612,4221.13.6
2015/1642512,9231.14.0
2016/1739912,7731.33.9
Source: BC Cancer Agency, Provincial Health Services Authority.

Cardiac Services BC
YearsCases WaitingCases Completed50% of Cases completed within90% of Cases completed within
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
Priority 1 (within 2 weeks)
2014/15Less than 52090.11.1
2015/1663150.31.0
2016/17104050.42.3
Priority 2 (within 6 weeks)
2014/15306450.45.9
2015/16296670.65.9
2016/17245970.96.3
Priority 3 (within 26 weeks)
2014/15891,1901.718.0
2015/161291,1141.612.1
2016/171221,1302.613.4
Source: BC Cardiac Registry, Cardiac Services BC, Provincial Health Services Authority.

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