Statement By Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) President and CEO Tom Closson Regarding The Release Of The Ontario Health Quality Council's (OHQC) 2009 Annual Report On Ontario's Health System

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Today, OHA President and CEO Tom Closson made the
following statement in response to the OHQC's 2009 Annual Report On Ontario's
Health System:
    "The OHA welcomes the OHQC's 2009 Annual Report. As in previous years,
the report provides every Ontarian with a clear, factual update on the
progress that their health care providers are making. And, it is clear that
good progress has been made.
    For example, as noted in the report, wait times for a number of key
procedures have fallen dramatically through the past few years. From September
2005 to December 2008, waits for knee replacements declined from 440 days to
189 days, for hip replacements from almost a year to 162 days, and for
cataract surgery from about 310 days to about 103 days. This kind of progress
was made possible by strong leadership from the Government of Ontario and
local hospital and health care leaders.
    Still, there is much to do. As noted in the report, Ontario continues to
lag other jurisdictions in the application of system-wide technology tools
like electronic records. The OHA continues to fully support the Government of
Ontario's goal of implementing an electronic health record by 2015, and
e-Health Ontario's strategic plan for getting there.
    Further, it is clear that many of the areas for improvement identified by
the report - in particular, priority cancer surgery - can be improved by
better sharing of techniques and practices across the health care system.
    In our view, significant progress has been made in improving the health
care of Ontarians over the past ten years. Improvements in health care do not
happen in a straight line, rather, they occur gradually as we try new things
and apply the lessons learned. We plan to continue working hard to make
Ontario's health care system even better for patients."

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For further information: OHA Public Affairs, (416) 205-1433

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