An interesting paper on socio-economic status (SES) and surgery for children just came out in Pediatrics, a prestigious journal. The paper was a very careful examination of 39, 287 surgical procedures between 2005 and 2011 at the Hospital for Sick Children. They used postal codes to derive SES measures of families. They found that “SES does not predict the timeliness of delivery for pediatric surgical services” at Sick Kids. This is very good news and probably is similar for other Canadian children’s hospitals. Once poor kids get into the pediatric surgery system, they get as timely treatment as other kids.
What the study did not examine is whether the problems of poor children that can be corrected by surgery are detected as early as other kids.
~Dr. Patrick McGrath