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Media Alert - Release of 2012 Report Card on Wait Times in Canada

Canada NewsWire

OTTAWA, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - On June 19, the Wait Time Alliance (WTA) will release its seventh annual report card, giving Canadians a picture of how long they have to wait to access a broad range of medical procedures and services.

Details of the report card will be discussed at a technical briefing for media via teleconference. They include:

  • grading performance in the five initial areas using pan-Canadian government benchmarks and grading a wider range of procedures/treatments using WTA benchmarks;
  • assessing Canadians' total wait time to access necessary care;
  • identifying variations in Canadians' access depending on where they live;
  • grading provincial wait time websites;
  • shedding light on the impact of alternate levels of care (ALC) on wait times;
  • highlighting efforts by the WTA and governments to improve timely access to care

The Wait Time Alliance technical briefing for media via teleconference:

Date and time: June 19 at 10 a.m. (EDT)
Speakers: WTA Chair Dr. Chris Simpson
  French spokesperson Dr. Suzane Renaud
Dial-in number: 888-789-9572 - pass code: 3328868
Instant replay: 905-694-9451 or 800-408-3053 - pass code: 4579686

Documents will be available at 8 a.m. (EDT) June 19, under embargo until 10 a.m. (EDT). For copies, email:

Individual interviews with spokespersons from WTA member organizations may be arranged after the technical briefing.

The Wait Time Alliance (WTA) is a partnership comprised of 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 Paediatric Surgeons, the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology, the Canadian Association of Radiologists, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Canadian Medical Association, 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.