New research shows full picture of wait times in Ontario healthcare

New study casts doubt on claims wait times in Ontario's healthcare system are improving

New research has cast doubt on claims by Ontario's Health Minister that wait times in the provincial health system have improved.

A study by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences has found that while the Ministry looks at only the time between a specialist ordering surgery or another procedure and actually performing it, there is a real lag in the time you have to wait just to get in to see the specialist, let alone have surgery scheduled.

The waiting time for the intial consultation is nearly 2-and-a-half months.

For general surgery, 98 percent of operations are performed within the government target of 182 days.  

But when you add in the wait time from your family doctor's referral to the specialist, tack on 33 days just to get in.

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  1. kari posted on 02/07/2014 10:42 AM
    However, we need to ask whether anyone who has asked to be put on the cancellation list has ever failed to get in much, much earlier.
  2. john posted on 02/07/2014 11:49 AM
    hmm were have i heard that one before .
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