They also say the number of patients waiting more than a year for surgery at Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals has dropped by 69 per cent.
More than 300 patients have been waiting for surgery for more than a year, but that's down from almost 1,300 on March 31, 2012.
Dr. Bas Masri, surgeon-in-chief and head of orthopedics at the two hospitals, says simple innovations have reduced wait times, including making sure surgeons’ bookings are up to date and patients are treated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Other measures included matching up bigger operating rooms with more complex surgeries and smaller rooms with less difficult procedures, and allocating operating-room time more equally among surgeons based on patient need.
Masri says the hospitals were also able to speed up services under a program in which the provincial government pays hospitals extra if they treat more patients faster.
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