Statement from the Ontario Medical Association - Re: Provincial Wait time Announcement



    TORONTO, March 15 /CNW/ - Ontario doctors applaud the provincial
government and the Minister of Health for moving forward to make improvements
to the provincial Wait Time Strategy (WTS).
    The announcement follows the release of a survey last month by the
Ontario Medical Association (OMA) of 600 physicians in the province which
found that the provincial WTS was having unintended negative consequences on
procedures outside the five priority areas. The survey prompted renewed calls
by the OMA to expand the measuring of wait times to include all procedures and
to include the time from referral by a family physician to a specialist in the
measurement.
    The government's announcement to expand the surgeries being measured and
to include the time of referral, once implemented, will provide better
information, ensuring future investments are made in areas most in need to
enhance patient care. The OMA hopes to work in partnership with the province
to help implement the new, expanded WTS to ensure its success and to ensure
that physicians' time caring for patients is not negatively impacted.
    These initiatives committed to today will go a long way to improving the
tracking and measuring of wait-times and bring us closer to ensuring that all
patients in Ontario have access to the timely, quality care they deserve.

    The Ontario Medical Association represents Ontario's doctors.




For further information:

For further information: OMA Media Relations at (416) 340-2862 or
toll-free 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2862


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