Canadian province arranges to send joint replacement patients to Ohio, North Dakota


In order to manage patient backlogs, the government of Manitoba in Canada signed deals with Fargo, N.D.-based Sanford Health and Cleveland Clinic to take some of its hip and knee replacement patients, the Winnipeg Free Press reported Aug. 24.

Manitoba is expanding a partnership it established with Sanford Health in January. Starting in September, as many as 10 hip and knee patients will go to Sanford each month. The province previously sent some eligible spine patients to Sanford to alleviate backlogs.

The arrangement with Cleveland Clinic will be for hip replacement patients and will begin in September. About 100 Canadian patients are expected to be treated at Cleveland Clinic in 2022 and 250 more in 2023 and 2024, the report said.

Within Canada, Manitoba officials also signed an agreement to send additional hip and knee patients to Big Thunder Orthopedic Associates in Ontario. That practice will take 20 to 30 patients per month.

Eligible patients will be identified by their healthcare provider, according to the report.

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