Priorities for Orthopaedic Care in Canada
Address the backlog of surgery and adjacent issues, such as allied health professional shortages, anesthesia shortages, government funding allocation and operating room availability prior to the post-pandemic influx.
Acknowledge the mental health and strained capacities of surgeons and allied health professionals at work during the pandemic.
Forseen challenges for orthopaedic residents and nursing staff due to lack of training opportunities.
Virtual care efficiencies and remote monitoring due to the pandemic have transformed consults and access to health care, especially in remote provinces. There are provincial discrepancies in reimbursing virtual care vs. regular in-person.