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Wait times and benchmarks

The CMA continues to work with other national medical organizations to lobby for implementation of wait-time commitments made by the first ministers in 2004 and to have new specialty areas added. We are persisting in goal of reducing wait times on many fronts, including the successful Taming of the Queue conferences and as a cofounder of the Wait Time Alliance.

Taming of the Queue 2015

April 16-17, 2015 in Ottawa, at the Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel

This year's overall conference theme is "Improving timely, appropriate care for patients in an aging society". The focus for the 2015 conference is the examination of access and appropriateness strategies being employed by Canadian and international health system stakeholders to handle the growing number of elderly patients with complex care needs and multi-morbidities.

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The economic cost of wait times in Canada
What is the cost of excessive waits for medical care? A groundbreaking study, The economic cost of wait times in Canada, calculates the economic impact of excess wait times for total joint replacement surgery, MRIs, coronary artery bypass graft surgery and cataract surgery for all provinces. This study demonstrates that in addition to the obvious emotional, physical and financial toll endured by patients and their families

Streamlining patient flow from primary to specialty care
To address the challenge of patient referrals a collaborative effort involving the CMA, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada was launched in 2010.