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Strategies to Reduce Wait Times - July 2013

Presented as part of a First Aid Kit for Canadian Health Care at the Council of the Federation in July 2013. 

As physicians, we want to ensure that our patients are getting timely access to care, based on their need and not their ability to pay. Our health care system is responsive to acute  injuries and illnesses, but less so when it comes to elective surgeries - and many Canadians wait too long in our emergency departments or for a primary care appointment.

While some provinces have made improvements in wait times in key priority areas since the Health Accords of 2003 and 2004, many are falling behind. There are successful domestic pilot projects that have shown us how we can do better, and often the key is not putting more money into the system, but using existing resources in more efficient ways. 

To read Strategies to Reduce Wait Times in full, click here.

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