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Improved Access to Surgical Care - Progress Update

The Saskatchewan health system has made incredible improvements in surgical wait times over the past seven years. We continue to track and monitor key indicators, such as the number of patients waiting more than three months and six months.

Results as of August 31, 2017 (posted on October 19, 2017)

Between June 01, 2017 and August 31, 2017, there were 21,587 surgeries performed, with 80.6 per cent of patients receiving their surgery, or an offer of surgery, within three months and 92.1 per cent within six months.

On August 31, there were 6,130 fewer patients waiting more than three months for surgery than in March 2010, a reduction of 40 per cent. The two largest and busiest health regions have both experienced an increase in demand, resulting in 3,369 patients still waiting more than three months for surgery in Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region and 5,168 still waiting more than three months in Saskatoon Health Region.

Access to Surgery - Provincial
(June 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017)
Surgeries Performed or Offered Within Three Months 80.6%
Surgeries Performed or Offered Within Six Months 92.1%
Percentage calculated over the time period. A small number of patients were offered surgery within three months, but opted for a later date.

Number of Patients Waiting
(Progress Since March 2010)


Mar. 31, 2010 Aug. 31, 2017 Change Since 2010
Cases Waiting More Than Three Months 15,311 9,177 -40%
Cases Waiting More Than Six Months 9,877 4,397 -55%
A patient waiting for two or more surgeries is counted as two or more cases.

The four-year Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative concluded in March 2014, after making significant improvements that resulted in sooner, safer, smarter surgical care. Wait time information is updated quarterly.

In addition to reporting the wait time from when surgery was booked to when surgery was provided, we also report the wait time from the booking date to the date the patient could have received surgery, since some patients choose to wait longer than the earliest date offered to them.

Access to Surgery, by Health Region
  Jun. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2017 On Aug. 31, 2017
Health Region
(Southeast to
Surgeries Performed Within Three Months Surgeries Performed or Offered Within Three Months Patients Waiting More Than Three Months Patients Waiting: No Offer of Surgery Within Three Months
 Sun Country 100.0% 100.0% 3 3
 Five Hills 96.6% 97.3% 11 10
 Cypress 92.6% 94.4% 61 51
 Regina Qu’Appelle 73.8% 74.1% 3,369 3,348
 Sunrise 94.5% 96.5% 17 12
 Saskatoon 76.9% 78.0% 5,168 4,863
 Heartland 77.8% 77.8% - -
 Kelsey Trail 88.6% 90.0% 12 10
 PA Parkland 84.2% 86.0% 390 346
 Prairie North 95.1% 95.6% 146 124
 Provincial 79.7% 80.6% 9,177 8,767
The percentage reflects wait times for surgeries over the time period. “Patients Waiting” counts the number of cases on that date in which a patient hasn’t had surgery yet and has waited longer than three months. Location reflects health region in which the surgery took place, not the patients' place of residence.

Patients on wait list who had already waited six months on August 31, 2017:

  • In Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, 1,492 patients;
  • In Saskatoon Health Region, 2,722 patients.

Between June 01, 2017 and August 31, 2017, percentage of surgeries performed within six months:

  • In Regina Qu’Appelle, 87.1 per cent;
  • In Saskatoon, 91.1 per cent.

There were a total of 22,495 paitnets waiting for surgery on August 31, 2017 (including people waiting less than three months). This is a decrease of 17 per cent (or 4,678 fewer cases waiting) since March 2010.

2017-18 fiscal year
An additional $20 million in targeted funding has been provided in this year’s budget to increase surgical volumes to a level that will limit the growth of wait times and help achieve a better supply/demand balance.

Related information

For more wait times statistics, click on the Surgical System Performance link in the left menu.

 See left menu for more about the Surgical Initiative.

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