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Reducing Wait Times For Ontario Families

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Reducing Wait Times For Ontario Families

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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

  Days Completed Within Target Current vs. Baseline
Baseline (Aug/Sept '05) Current (Jun/Jul '06) Access Target Net change (Days) % change
Cancer surgery 81 78 84 91% -3 -3.7
             
Angiography 56 28 - - -28 -50.0
Angioplasty 28 21 - - -7 -25.0
Bypass surgery 49 53 182 100% 4 8.2
             
Cataract surgery 311 250 182 82% -61 -19.6
             
Hip replacement 351 288 182 77% -63 -17.9
Knee replacement 440 388 182 65% -52 -11.8
             
MRI 120 92 28 42% -28 -23.3
CT 81 70 28 68% -11 -13.6

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.

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