Posted by: Democratic Thinker | September 4, 2009

Health Care Wait Times in Ontario

Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides typical and target wait times for various medical procedures under the Canadian health-care system. See excerpt:

Government of Ontario Central Web Site Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care


Wait Times in Ontario

The Ontario government is implementing a plan to increase access and reduce wait times for five major health services : cancer surgery, cardiac procedures, cataract surgery, hip and knee replacements, as well as MRI and CT exams. The four aims of Ontario’s wait times strategy are :

  • Significantly increasing the number of procedures to reduce the backlog that has developed over the last decade
  • Investing in new, more efficient technology such as MRI machines and extending hours of operations
  • Standardizing best practices for both medical and administrative functions in order to improve patient flow and efficiency
  • Collecting and reporting accurate and up-to-date data on wait times to allow better decision making and increase accountability

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