GYN Surgery Wait Times in Canada: Increase of 5 Weeks in 2023 vs 2022

Waiting for an elective GYN surgery in Canada has become a significant concern for patients and healthcare professionals alike. The prolonged wait times for GYN procedures have a detrimental impact on patients’ quality of life and overall well-being. This blog aims to highlight the latest GYN surgery wait times as reported by Fraser Institute.

Understanding GYN Medical Wait Times

GYN medical wait times refer to the length of time patients have to wait for elective gynecologic procedures, such as hysterectomy, myomectomy, uterine ablation and others. These wait times are measured from the moment a patient is referred to a specialist to the actual date of the procedure. It is broken down into two components: the wait time to see the specialist and the wait time from seeing the specialist to actual surgery. In Canada, these wait times have been steadily increasing over the years, leading to concerns about the accessibility and efficiency of GYN care.

2023 Report

According to the Fraser Institute yearly publication on medical wait times, Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2023 Report median wait time from GP referral to see a GYN specialist in 2023 was 22.2 weeks. In 2022 it was 15.7

The median wait time between an appointment with a specialist and treatment in GYN in 2023 was 15.2 weeks. In 2022 it was 16.4.

The total wait time in 2022 was 32.1 weeks. In 2023 it is 37.4 weeks. An overall increase of 5.3 weeks is observed.

Regional Differences

It must be noted that GYN wait times vary widely depending on the province you live in. Generally speaking, Maritime residents have the longest wait times, and Ontario residents have the shortest. 2023 report states that the median total expected waiting time from referral by GP to treatment in GYN was the highest in PEI at 118.3 weeks, followed by Nova Scotia at 99.1 weeks and the lowest in Ontario at 24.3 weeks followed by Quebec at 31.5 weeks. The difference between the national 37.4 weeks to the highest is almost triple!

Should You Consider Private GYN Procedure

Provincial governments’ improvements being made are not doing much for the wait times for GYN surgeries. Many provincial governments are struggling to put more money into healthcare and federal help is being given for provincial healthcare however a big chunk of that money is allocated to mental health, an issue in itself and not subject to this blog.

On a personal level – what can be done? There are private options for GYN surgery in Quebec and the USA.

According to the Fraser Institute “this year’s survey of specialists also found that an estimated 1.8% of patients received elective treatment in another country during 2022/23. Physicians also report that only about 13.7% of their patients are on a waiting list because they requested a delay or postponement, and that 47.1% would agree to have their procedure performed within a week if an opening arose. Thus, despite provincial strategies to reduce wait times and high levels of expenditure on health care, it is clear that patients in Canada are waiting too long to receive treatment.”

If you are considering a private GYN surgery we are here to help. You can reach us by email or toll-free 877 344 3544 to see if private GYN surgery is for you.



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