Postponed hip, knee and eye operations ‘price’ 320,000 years of wholesome life

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Postponed operations throughout the coronavirus pandemic have ‘price’ the equal of 320,000 years of wholesome life, says the Dutch public well being institute RIVM.

It has calculated that greater than 305,000 operations have been postpone throughout 2020 and 2021, resulting in a lack of wholesome years of life that may ‘by no means be regained’.

Yearly, hospitals within the Netherlands plan round 900,000 operations which aren’t thought-about an emergency and may wait not less than a month. Many of the postponed operations that weren’t achieved by the top of December 2021 have been for cataracts, hip and knee replacements.

‘The whole lack of well being might be better as a result of not all types of well being have been counted,’ mentioned the RIVM in a press launch. ‘For instance, delayed diagnoses and clinic-based care.’

The service recommends rising operations by 5% till the top of 2026 as a way to catch up, though this can be restricted by personnel capability. The analysis is anticipated to feed into calculations for any future disaster scenario.

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