Surgical Wait Times

There are two types of wait lists in Orthopaedics.


  1. The time to see a surgeon for the first time. The first wait list is  “the time that a patient waits for a first consultation with a specialist, measured from the time the referral is received to the date the first consultation with the specialist occurs”. (BC Health)  This data is not collected or reported by all provincial health authorities but may be reported below by individual provinces.
  2.  The time between seeing a surgeon and the day you undergo surgery. The second wait list is the time “that an  individual waits for a surgery after they have met with their specialist. It is calculated from the time the procedure is booked in the hospital until it is completed or until the medical issue is resolved.  It does not include the time waiting to see the specialist after being referred by their physician.” (BC Health) This data is collected and reported by all provincial health authorities (see below).


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