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Alberta Health Contracts Out Thousands of Orthopedic Surgeries to Reduce Backlogs

Alberta Health Services (AHS) will be contracting out 3,000 orthopedic surgeries per year to an independent health-care facility, which officials said will boost the number of operations and free up hospital space.
The contract with Calgary-based Canadian Surgery Solutions (CSS) will increase total orthopedic surgeries in the city by 21 percent, said Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping in a press conference on Jan. 23.
Copping said the province will also open 11 new operating rooms at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary by 2025, while also expanding and building new operating rooms in Edmonton, Edson, Grand Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Rocky Mountain House.
“We need to get wait times down and that means we need to fund more surgeries,” he said….

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