Ontario invests $11.6 million in
TORONTO – Ontario
is setting aggressive wait time targets for general surgeries, as part
of an expansion of its Wait Time Strategy. General surgery targets are
being set for procedures such as gall bladder removal, hernia repairs,
anorectal and some intestinal surgeries. Targets are also being set for
orthopaedic and ophthalmic surgeries.
Targets for each surgery are set in four categories, ranging from urgent
to elective surgery. Where urgent surgery is required, targets are less
than 24 hours for general and ophthalmic surgeries and one week for
For all three surgery groups, cases of mild or occasional symptoms and
elective surgeries, targets range from 12 to 26 weeks.
Current wait times are below the provincial target in all three areas.
Ontario is also investing $11.64 million in funding for 8,240 additional
general surgery procedures to help ensure that these times remain on
Wait times are available by hospital at
“Our Wait Time Strategy is working – more Ontarians are getting the care
they need sooner,” said David Caplan (pictured), Minister of Health and
Long-Term Care. “That’s why we’re expanding our strategy so that wait
times continue to decline.”
“Ontario’s healthcare providers have risen to the wait time challenge
over the past three years and I am confident we will see the same good
results with general surgery,” said Dr. Alan Hudson, Provincial Lead,
Wait Time Strategy.
Wait time is defined as the time between when the surgery is ordered and
when it is performed. Ontario’s Wait Time Strategy has invested $1.1
billion to deliver 1.69 million procedures since 2005.