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Ontario Continues to Lead Canada in Wait Times

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Ontario Continues to Lead Canada in Wait Times

McGuinty Government’s Commitment to Reducing Wait Times Results in Success

Ministry of Health

Ontario continues to lead all provinces and territories in reducing wait times for the eighth year in a row.

A report by the Fraser Institute, Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada 2012, found that patients in Ontario experience Canada's shortest wait for CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds. Ontarians also have the shortest wait time between referral from a family doctor and receiving an elective treatment - almost three weeks faster than the national average of 17.7 weeks.

These results demonstrate the success of Ontario's Wait Time Strategy and its commitment to:

  • Increase the number of procedures for services.
  • Invest in new and more efficient technology, including MRI machines.
  • Standardize best practices across hospitals and practitioners.
  • Collect and report wait times data to guide decision making and increase accountability.

Reducing wait times helps provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place and supports Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care.   

Quick Facts

  • Since 2005, Ontario has led all provinces and territories by having the lowest surgical wait times, according to the Fraser Institute.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested over $1.7 billion for more than three million additional procedures to help reduce wait times.
  • Through the Wait Time Strategy, Ontarians have waited 164.8 million fewer days for key services since August 2005.
  • Ontario has increased the number of specialists practicing in the province by 21 per cent since 2003.
  • In addition to the Fraser Institute’s report, the Wait Time Alliance 2012 Report Card gave Ontario straight As for reducing wait times for hip, knee, cancer, cataract and cardiac surgeries.

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“While there is always more work to do, I’m pleased to see that for the eighth year in a row, the Fraser Institute has recognized Ontario as the leader in reducing wait times in Canada. This report is more evidence that our efforts to increase access to health care are working. More importantly, it shows that Ontarians are getting the treatment they need, faster than anywhere else in the country.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long Term Care

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