Reducing Wait Times For Ontario Families
Since 2004, the government has funded about 657,000 additional medical procedures in five key areas: cancer surgery, cataract surgery, hip and knee replacements, cardiac procedures and MRI and CT scans. As a result, people are getting the care they need more quickly in their communities.
Wait Times Data -- 90% Completed Within Target
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Today, the McGuinty government announced $50 million for an additional 127,200 medical procedures. This includes:
- 3,008 more hip and knee joint replacements
- 6,100 more cataract surgeries
- 46,300 more MRI exams, and
- 71,858 CT scans.
With today's announcement, the government is investing a total of $275.4 million in 2006-07 through the Wait Times Strategy, which will help fund 281,423 procedures, including:
- 4,741 additional cancer surgeries
- 31,950 additional cataract surgeries
- 9,388 additional cardiac surgeries
- 11,990 additional hip and knee replacements
- 151,495 additional MRI exams
- 71,858 additional CT scans.
To ensure patients and health care professionals get the support they need, the government is also investing about $58 million in additional programs and services. This includes:
- Giving doctors better access to provincewide information by improving Ontario's Wait Times Information System
- Ensuring people living with cancer get the care that best meets their needs -- by establishing a new regional cancer surgery program in Eastern Ontario
- Supporting more community-based rehabilitation services for people recovering from joint replacement surgery
- Providing doctors with additional support for delivering services
- Improving community access to health care by enhancing Local Health Integration Networks.