04/28/2014 06:15 EDT | Updated 06/28/2014 01:59 EDT

Nova Scotia spending $4.2 million to tackle orthopedic wait times

KENTVILLE, N.S. - The Nova Scotia government says it will spend $4.2 million this year to reduce orthopedic wait times.

Health Minister Leo Glavine says the money will be used to recruit a foot and ankle sub-specialist surgeon, to perform more hip and knee replacements and to improve efficiency in orthopedic care.

Glavine says the province recognizes that it needs to work toward achieving the national benchmark of a six-month wait for joint replacement.

The Health Department is also publishing wait time information online for all surgeries today.

The province and Doctors Nova Scotia say the website will increase transparency and help physicians referring patients for surgery.

The wait times website includes statistics for a variety of services, including surgery, radiation therapy, cardiac services and referrals to specialists.

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