CIHI lockdown report:"What we didn’t expect to see during Wave 1 was a 17% to 21% decline in life-saving and urgent surgeries (procedures in this category include things like pacemaker insertions, bypass surgeries and cancer surgeries)."
"We don’t know exactly what led to this decline or its impact on the patients who didn’t receive those procedures."

This is the premiere health data analysis organization in Canada...
It would be helpful to include coroner data for deaths out of hospital during these periods
Another example of overflattening the curve - suspensions of surgeries to leave space for covid patients. Hospitals were between 20 and 40% unoccupied during spring-summer as a result of far fewer covid patients than expected
It is possible that lockdown meant fewer traumas and fractures. But fewer cancers?

"Life-saving and urgent surgeries declined the least (down by 17% to 21%). Procedures in this category included pacemaker insertions, bypass surgeries, cancer surgeries and fracture repairs"
ICUs had plenty of space, 20% more than in 2019, due to far fewer covid patients than expected
Even with telemedicine, far fewer physician-patient consults during lockdown
Financial Accountability Office Ontario covered similar ground on April 28: "As of April 23, there were 910 hospitalized COVID-19 patients leaving over 9,000 unoccupied acute care hospital beds (including over 2,000 critical care beds)."
fao-on.org/en/Blog/media/…
April 9, from Healthy Debate:"Modern healthcare systems in high income countries, like Canada, have not seen the kind of healthcare shock that COVID-19 is creating. SARS killed 44 Canadians and infected fewer than 500."...
..."Emergency department visits in Ontario decreased sharply during the SARS outbreak, and remained depressed for 10 months after the outbreak ended."

Hard to believe that what was obvious in April to casual observers was a surprise to CIHI in November.

healthydebate.ca/opinions/hospi…

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