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Circumcision practices in Canada*
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Year (1) Hospital Circumcisions Male Births Hospital Circumcision Rate (%)
(2) (3) Total
1996 35,731 2,331 38,062 190,697 20.0
1997 32,182 2,052 34,234 184,259 18.6
1998 26,803 2,007 28,810 176,597 16.3
1999 23,761 1,934 25,695 173,349 14.8
2000 21,644 1,798 23,442 172,823 13.6
2001 20,057 1,833 21,890 168,050 13.0
2002 19,160 1,850 21,010 170,674 12.3
2003 17,058 1,785 18,843 170,114 11.1
2004 15,688 1,317 17,005 172,215 9.9
2005 14,709 1,268 15,977 173,320 9.2
  1. Fiscal years ending March 31.
  2. Number of Circumcision Procedures performed in Acute-Care Hospitals in Canada, Males, aged 0 to 1 (less than or equal to 12 months, includes newborns), Hospital Morbidity Database, 1995-1996 through 2004-2005.
  3. Number of Circumcision Procedures performed in Day-Surgery settings in B.C., N.B., N.L., N.S., N.W.T., Ont. and Yukon, Males, aged 0 to 1 (less than or equal to 12 months, includes newborns), Discharge Abstract Database, 1995-1996 through 2004-2005, and National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, 2003-2004 through 2004-2005.
Source: Canadian Institute for Health Information (Hospital Circumcisions); Statistics Canada (Male Births).
*In some large cities, a significant number of infant circumcisions may be performed in non-hospital settings such as doctors’ offices and private clinics. These are not tabulated by any central authority and are not included in the data.

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