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Manitoba worst in Canada for hip-replacement wait times: study

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Manitoba has the poorest record in Canada for performing hip replacements on time and the second-worst for knee replacements, according to a national study released today.

Only 59 per cent of hip replacements in the province last year were completed within six months, the medically recommended time frame, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) study released this afternoon.

In the case of knee replacements, a mere 52 per cent were done within the nationally accepted benchmark time — also six months. Only Nova Scotia (44%) had a poorer record of performing knee replacements within the acceptable wait time.

The CIHI released a national study of wait times for five medical procedures. Also measured were wait times for cataract surgery, radiation therapy, bypass surgery and repairing a hip fracture.

Manitoba rated poorer than the national average in wait times for hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery.

For bypass surgery, it was close to the national rate (99%), with the medical system here performing these procedures within the recommended wait time 97 per cent of the time.

Manitoba also had the best record in the country for hip fracture repair (85% of surgeries completed within benchmark wait times) and radiation therapy (97%).

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