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Pandemic offers once-in-a-generation chance to overhaul elective surgery model, doctors say

from CTV News

Karen Murias waited 18 months for surgery and finally got a date for a procedure she hoped would bring relief of “excruciating pain” in her shoulder and abdomen. But half an hour after getting a call on a Sunday in mid-March that a liver cyst would be removed the next day, her surgeon phoned to say the operation had been postponed because beds were being saved for a possible influx of COVID-19 patients. “I waited till I got off the phone but I bawled my eyes out,” she said from her home in Surrey, B.C. more

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