March 21, 2011
Ontario is a national leader in wait times for key health procedures according to a new report from the Canadian Health Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
Today, CIHI released its sixth annual report on provincial and national wait times in Canada. The independent report examines wait times for radiation therapy, cardiac bypass surgery, hip and knee replacements, hip fracture repairs and cataract surgeries.
Ontario ranks first in Canada in hip and knee replacements and cardiac bypass surgery, and second in cataract surgery, based on national benchmarks established in 2005.
Since the province started measuring wait times in 2005, Ontarians are waiting less for key procedures despite increasing demand.
Reducing wait times is part of the Open Ontario plan to provide more access to health care services while improving accountability for Ontario families.
“Ontario is making an impact on wait times and we know that if we track wait times, we can improve them. Our results speak for themselves and Ontarians continue to benefit with increased access to top quality care in a timely manner. This CIHI report card shows that we are on the right track.”
- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Reducing wait times for health services is the direct result of a very strong collaboration between hospitals, physicians and other health care professionals, and the Government of Ontario. Ontario is now a leader in ensuring that patients are treated within the national benchmarks. The OHA is very proud of this accomplishment.”
– Tom Closson, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association
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