Report: Over 353,000 postponed surgeries, procedures and consultations due to COVID-19


Public policy think tank released freedom of information responses today from across Canada with data on the number of surgeries, procedures and consultations with specialists that were postponed due to the pandemic.

Nine provinces provided data showing 205,549 postponements. While the Ontario government indicated it had “no records” on the subject, data from the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) has estimated there were 148,364 postponed surgeries in the province. This brings the national total to at least 353,000.

“When COVID emerged, governments postponed hundreds of thousands of non-COVID surgeries, procedures and consultations with specialists,” said President Colin Craig. “Not only has that increased waiting lists, it has caused tremendous patient suffering, sometimes even resulting in death.”

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