Financial incentives and waiting time for hip and knee surgeries

Project number: 
Approval date: 
Monday, January 20, 2014
Principal Investigator: 
Laval University
Funding Agency: 
not grant funded
Datasets requested: 
Consolidation - demographic (Ministry of Health)
Medical Services Plan (BC Ministry of Health)
Hospital Separations (BC Ministry of Health)
Research objective: 

The main objective of the study is to assess the impact of a financial incentive policy for institutions on their surgery waiting times. More specifically, the applicant is interested in hip and knee surgery.

After the implementation of financial incentives to complete more surgeries in Quebec (surgery program access since 2004), we want to estimate the impact of this policy in the evolution of waiting times: Are they shorter or longer?
So to estimate this impact, we will calculate waiting time by patient for knee and hip surgeries in Quebec and British Columbia. We expect that the implementation of this policy will encourage the completion of more surgeries and as a result, waiting times would be shorter. It is our aim to estimate the waiting time for hip and knee surgeries.

The following questions will guide this work:

1) How will surgery waiting times be impacted after the implementation of the financial incentive policy?
2) What is the impact of this policy on length of stay?
3) What is the impact on the health of patients and the service quality?
4) Are there other factors that act in the evolution of waiting times?

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