Media alert - Release of 2009 Report Card on Wait Times in Canada followed by CMA President Speech at the Montreal Economic Institute

    OTTAWA, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - On June 18, the Wait Time Alliance (WTA)
will release its 4th Report Card, a document that provides important
information on waits experienced by patients needing medical services not
included in the 5 areas listed as priorities in the 2004 First Ministers
Agreement. Details on the report card will be released during a technical
briefing via teleconference with the media at 10:00 am. This report card
includes data on total wait times for a broader range of services including
six additional specialties.
    Key findings of the Report Card will also be highlighted by Canadian
Medical Association President, Dr. Robert Ouellet, in his address to the
Montreal Economic Institute at a luncheon speaking engagement in Montreal on
June 18. Dr. Ouellet will also outline directions that could help build a
"made-in-Canada" patient-focused health care system that could be the envy of
the world.


    Wait Time Alliance Teleconference Technical Briefing with media:

    Date and Time:   June 18, 2009 at 10:00 am (Eastern)
    Speakers:        WTA co-chairs, Dr. Lorne Bellan (English spokesperson)
                     and Dr. Jean-Luc Urbain (French spokesperson)

    Dial-in number:  888-789-9572 or 613 788-3830
    Pass code:       4462162
    (Instant replay: 800 408-3053 - pass code: 5548843)

    Documents:       Documents can be made available at 8:00 am on June 18,
                     2009 under embargo until 10:00 am by emailing

    Address by CMA President, Dr. Robert Ouellet to the Montreal Economic

    Date and Time : June 18, 2009 - 11:45 am to 1:30 pm (Eastern)
    Location:       Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Marquette Room
                    900, Rene-Levesque Blvd West, Montreal QC

    Dr. Lorne Bellan and Dr. Ouellet will be available to speak in person
with media after the luncheon. Dr Urbain will be reachable by phone.

    The Wait Time Alliance of Canada (WTA) is a partnership comprised of the
Canadian Medical Association and 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 Radiation Oncology, the Canadian Association of Radiologists,
the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, 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:

For further information: Lucie Boileau, (613) 731-8610, 800-663-7336,
ext. 1266; Cell.: (613) 447-0866

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