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COVID-19: Resuming Medical Procedures

Thu, May 14, 2020

It’s estimated more than 100 thousand medical procedures and elective surgeries have been cancelled so hospitals can focus on COVID-19. For those in need of surgical or a medical procedure, how long must they wait?

When the pandemic arrived in Canada, hospitals had a singular focus, treat those infected with COVID-19. All other treatments and procedures were cancelled. In the first month of the pandemic, more than 40 percent of cancer surgeries were scrubbed.

Earlier this week, a breath of hope for them came from the province of Ontario that some treatments and procedures would slowly resume in hospitals. Each one will have to submit a plan of opening to the province for approval.

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