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Thanks for the detail.

I was thinking about it more in terms of the number of people who start on the waiting list but don't get the surgery - either from death or deteriorating health. As an example, if an elderly person falls and breaks a hip - that mortality rate probably skyrockets (elderly and bedridden) likewise for being sight-disabled and elderly. And considering that the queue will have a disproportionately high number of people in that category I think that it would actually factor in. VoiceOfRa also makes a good point about people forgoing it altogether - which I could see after 6 months of being bed ridden or wheelchair bound.

I guess one way to measure it would be the number of surgery per capita in countries with and without wait times (assuming similar demographics). England compared to Germany?