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Wait Times for Joint Replacement

Joint Replacement Wait Times

Arthritis is the leading cause of joint replacement surgeries, including 99 per cent of knee replacements and 80 per cent of hip replacements. More than 62,000 hip replacements and over 75,000 knee replacements were performed in Canada in 2018-2019. This represents an increase of 20.1 and 22.5 per cent respectively over the last 5 years.

Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that joint replacement surgery wait times in Canada are not reaching the medically recommended guideline of six months. In fact, wait times have increased since 2015 and that dramatically impacts quality of life for too many Canadians. Providing better access to joint replacements and keeping people healthy and mobile should be a priority of all governments.   

Read our position statement [561kB] on wait times.