Surgery wait times skyrocket

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Albertans will have to wait longer for surgeries

The United Conservatives say Albertans are waiting months longer for surgeries, and that the NDP government must explain their mismanagement for the provinces health care system.

According to a new Alberta Health services report:

  • Open heart surgery wait times increased by nearly 50 percent, from 14.9 weeks to 22.2 weeks.

  • Cataract surgery wait times increased by nearly 30 percent, from 29.9 weeks to 38.4 weeks.

  • Hip replacement wait times increased by nearly 30 percent, from 28.7 weeks to 36.7 weeks.

  • Knee replacement wait times increased by 23 percent, from 33 weeks to 40.7 weeks.

Earlier this year Conservative Leader Jason Kenney brought up the issue of wait times for surgeries multiple times under the NDP government but got no clear answer on how to fix the problem.

(AJS/THEONE)

 

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