Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Thousands of surgeries may be cut in Metro Vancouver due to government underfunding

By Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun, August 16, 2009

VANCOUVER — Vancouver patients needing neurosurgery, treatment for vascular diseases and other medically necessary procedures can expect to wait longer for care, NDP health critic Adrian Dix said Monday.

Dix said a Vancouver Coastal Health Authority document shows it is considering chopping more than 6,000 surgeries in an effort to make up for a dramatic budgetary shortfall that could reach $200 million. (read more)

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