June 20, 2012
Ontario is once again the national leader in reducing wait times for five priority health services, according to a report card issued by the Wait Time Alliance.
For the fifth consecutive year, the alliance gave Ontario straight As for meeting performance targets in reducing wait times in five areas – hip replacements, knee replacements, cataract surgery, radiation oncology and cardiac services. Ontario was the only province to receive As in all five priority areas.
While Ontario is the only province reporting comprehensive emergency room wait time information, there is still more work to do when it comes to admitting patients into hospital from the ER. This underscores the importance of Ontario’s Seniors Care Strategy, which will focus on helping seniors stay healthy and at home longer, freeing up hospital beds for acute care patients.Reducing wait times is part of the McGuinty government's Action Plan for Health Care and builds upon the gains made in health care since 2003.
“This report card reflects the success that Ontario has had in cutting key wait times in half – which means faster access to health care for all Ontarians. We still have more work to do – especially when it comes to freeing up hospital beds for acute care patients – which is why providing more home care is a key priority in our Action Plan for Health Care.”
-Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
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