BC Surgical Wait Times

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Published by the Ministry of Health - Medical Services
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

B.C. surgical wait times for elective surgical procedures in British Columbia for patients of all ages. This data includes scheduled inpatient and day surgery cases. This data does not include unscheduled surgical cases. The catalogue provides data from fiscal year 2009/10 to current. Three files are provided:

  1. An interim quarterly file with current fiscal year quarters only;
  2. A quarterly file with historical data; and
  3. An annual file with historical data.

The quarterly and annual files with historical data are updated in September to include data for the previous fiscal year. The complete dataset is subject to restating, when necessary, to reflect current reporting requirements as determined by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the health authorities.

Additional information:

Cases waiting: The number of cases waiting is captured at a point in time, i.e., either at the end of the quarter or fiscal year.

Cases completed: The number of cases completed captures scheduled surgeries that are completed within each quarter as well as within each fiscal year.

Wait time percentiles (50th and 90th) are calculated based on scheduled surgeries that are completed within each quarter as well as within each fiscal year. They are Wait for Surgery (Wait Two) wait times, calculated from the date the health authority receives the booking form to the date that the patient receives surgery.

Since percentiles cannot be calculated on data that is already aggregated, they are provided at all levels within each file.

Small numbers: All values less than 5 and their corresponding wait times are suppressed. Therefore, rows with total volumes may not match the sum of sub rows. For example, the All Facilities row may not match the sum of the individual facilities if there is one with a suppressed value less than 5.

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Record Published 2013-01-25
Record Last Modified 2021-04-27
Resource Status completed