The B.C. government will be implementing strategies that will increase access to surgeries such as hip and knee replacement.
B.C.â€™s wait times for some key surgeries are among the longest in the country – and have grown in recent years.
The provincial surgical strategy includes:
â€¢ Funding for 4,000 more hip and knee surgeries this year. Ongoing targeted funding of $75 million starting in 2018-2019 and increasing to $100 million in 2019-2020.
â€¢ Five specialized hip and knee replacement programs throughout the province designed to support increased surgical volumes, reduce wait times, and improve continuity of care for patients.
â€¢ Centralized intake, assessment, and triage with a single point of access so that people have the option of seeing the first available surgeon.