BC's surgical wait times are among the longest in the country. The provincial government recently released a policy paper that discusses the need for more provincial leadership to reduce wait times.
But the report also recommends extending the length of stay in private surgical facilities for up to three days — a direction that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC recognizes would sanction a for-profit hospital sector.
This study provides an extensive review of research on the problems with private, for-profit surgical delivery. It also presents detailed policy recommendations that build on best practices from BC and Saskatchewan as well as Scotland — a global leader in public sector wait-time solutions.
Time to rethink BC’s surgical wait time strategy