MEDIA ALERT - Release of 2011 Report Card on Wait Times in Canada

OTTAWA, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - On June 21, the Wait Time Alliance (WTA) will release its 6th annual Report Card, giving Canadians a picture of how long they have to wait to access a broad range of medical care. This year's report highlights the impact of alternate-levels-of-care (ALC) stays on wait times for both emergency and elective/scheduled care.

The 2011 report card will also include data on access to treatments and procedures beyond the five priority areas targeted by First Ministers in 2004.

Details from the report card will be discussed during a technical briefing for media via teleconference. They include:

  • grading of progress in the original five priority areas and others, using WTA benchmarks;
  • grading of provincial wait-time reporting;
  • analysis of the impact of alternate-levels-of-care (ALC) stays on wait times.

The Wait Time Alliance Teleconference Technical Briefing for media will take place:

Date and Time:   June 21, 2011 at 11:00 am (Eastern)
Speakers:  WTA Chair, Dr. Lorne Bellan, and Dr. Jean-Bernard Trudeau   (French spokesperson)
Dial-in number:   416 695-7806 or 888-789-9572
Pass code:    4104824
Instant replay:   905 694-9451 or 800-408-3053 - pass code: 4104824
Documents:   Documents will be available at 9:00 am (Eastern) on June 21, 2011, under embargo until 11:00 am (Eastern). For copies, email: jennifer.arnold@cma.ca.

Individual interviews with spokespersons from WTA member organizations may be arranged after the technical briefing.

The Wait Time Alliance of Canada (WTA) is a partnership comprised of the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society, the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine, the Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons, the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology, the Canadian Association of Radiologists, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

For further information:

Lucie Boileau
Telephone : 613 731-8610 - 800-663-7336 ext. 1266
Cell.: 613 447-0866 - Lucie.boileau@cma.ca