For people requiring an orthopedic surgery, wait times in Canada can be prohibitive – as long as 3 years in some communities. Whether you require a hip replacement, knee replacement, arthroscopic knee surgery or ankle reconstruction, many patients have to wait if they are experiencing severe pain.
A serious concern is that Canada’s public healthcare system views many orthopedic surgeries, including a variety of different types of hip surgeries, knee replacement surgeries and hand, foot & ankle surgeries, as “elective” and therefore not eligible for accelerated care. This governmental view troubles the lives of many people on wait lists for such procedures who endure many weeks and months of pain and discomfort.
Wait Times for Orthopedic Surgery in Canada
Recent evidence suggests that Canadians who require surgeries wait on average for approximately 20 weeks to receive the treatment they deserve, more than twice as long as national averages from when data first was collected a little more than 20 years ago. And for orthopedic surgery in particular, the average wait times are even worse at approximately 38 weeks, the second-highest by surgery type in the country.
Where you live also makes a huge difference. Seven of Canada’s ten provinces have overall wait times longer than the national average, including B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and all of the Maritime provinces.
British Columbians suffer in particular when it comes to receiving treatment and care for their pain. On average, patients have to wait about 59 weeks between when they first make an appointment with their family doctor, to when they actually receive treatment, the highest such wait times the province has ever seen. Alberta residents wait 50 weeks on average.
How to Get Faster Orthopedic Surgery
We have connections with doctors and hospitals throughout Canada and the United States to expedite your hip surgery, knee surgery, shoulder surgery or other orthopedic treatment so you can receive the recovery you deserve when and how you want it.
With our extensive network of board-certified physicians and healthcare providers, Timely Medical Alternatives can also provide you with choice over the surgery technique you receive, the time when you receive it and who will perform it. We also often negotiate cost-savings of surgeries you seek, of up to 80%. You no longer will be restricted by the mandated (lack of) options from your local health authority in Canada.
Browse the information below to learn about the different orthopedic conditions for which Timely Medical Alternatives offers treatment. Learn more about how to get started and call us toll-free at 1-866-884-6359 to receive a free consultation.