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Access and Wait Times

"All jurisdictions have taken concrete steps to address wait times. Building on this, First Ministers commit to achieve meaningful reductions in wait times in priority areas such as cancer, heart, diagnostic imaging, joint replacements, and sight restoration by March 31, 2007, recognizing the different starting points, priorities, and strategies across jurisdictions."-10-year Plan to Strengthen Health Care

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Progress Report 2013: Health care renewal in Canada Progress Report 2013: Health care renewal in Canada
May 2013

In Progress Report 2013: Health care renewal in Canada, the Health Council reports on the progress made by jurisdictions in five priority areas of the health accords:

  • access and wait times;
  • primary health care reform and electronic health records;
  • pharmaceuticals management;
  • disease prevention, health promotion and public health; and
  • Aboriginal health
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Progress Report 2012: Health care renewal in Canada Progress Report 2012: Health care renewal in Canada
June 2012
This report on Canada's health care performance is a pan-Canadian look at progress to date in home and community care, health human resources, telehealth, access to care in the North and health indicators. Read more
 
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Progress Report 2011: Health care renewal in Canada Progress Report 2011: Health care renewal in Canada
May 2011
This report on Canada's health care performance is a pan-Canadian look at five key commitments under the 2003 First Ministers' Accord on Health Care Renewal and the 2004 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care, and it highlights progress to date on wait times, pharmaceuticals management, electronic health records, teletriage, and health care innovation. Read more
 
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How Do Canadians Rate the Health Care System? How Do Canadians Rate the Health Care System?
November 2010
This bulletin analyzes results of the 2010 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey, comparing Canadian and international perceptions on access to primary care, affordability, timeliness and coordination of care. Read more
 
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Decisions, Decisions: Family Doctors as Gatekeepers to Prescription Drugs and Diagnostic Imaging in Canada Decisions, Decisions: Family Doctors as Gatekeepers to Prescription Drugs and Diagnostic Imaging in Canada
September 2010
This report examines the increasingly complex role of family physicians and the effects of their decisions on the use of Canada's health care services. Read more
 
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Rekindling Reform: Health Care Renewal in Canada, 2003 – 2008 Rekindling Reform: Health Care Renewal in Canada, 2003 – 2008
January 2008
This report looks back at five years of activity intended to strengthen the capacity of the public health care system to deliver timely, high-quality care. The 2003 First Ministers’ Accord on Health Care Renewal has been a catalyst for positive change in some areas, less so in others, and the Health Council urges governments to rekindle their commitment to health care renewal. Read more
 
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Wading through Wait Times: What Do Meaningful Reductions and Guarantees Mean? Wading through Wait Times: What Do Meaningful Reductions and Guarantees Mean?
June 2007
This report addresses one of the key public concerns about health care, set in the context of governments' commitment to achieve meaningful reductions in wait times in five priority areas - cancer care (for example, surgery and radiation therapy), Cardiac care (for example, bypass surgery), diagnostic imaging, joint replacements and sight restoration – by March 31, 2007. Read more
 
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Health Care Renewal in Canada: Measuring Up? Health Care Renewal in Canada: Measuring Up?
February 2007
In this report, we set out three pathways to help steer us towards quality: quicker access to needed care, better quality services, and improved population health that factors in the need for support inside and outside the health care system. Read more
 
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Canadian Perceptions of the Health Care System Canadian Perceptions of the Health Care System
February 2007
This report presents a synthesis of four years of public opinion polling data (2002 – 2006) on the Canadian health care system. These data are used to understand how Canadian perceptions have changed since the Romanow Commission (2002), including whether Canadians see the system as improving or deteriorating, and how they view governments’ performance on health care issues. Read more
 
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Health Care Renewal in Canada: Clearing the Road to Quality Health Care Renewal in Canada: Clearing the Road to Quality
February 2006
In this report, we set out three pathways to help steer us towards quality: quicker access to needed care, better quality services, and improved population health that factors in the need for support inside and outside the health care system. Read more
 
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A Background Note on Benchmarks for Wait Times A Background Note on Benchmarks for Wait Times
November 2005
Consistently, Canadians have identified long wait times as the number one barrier in accessing health services. In response to this public concern, the First Ministers made wait times central to their agreement on health care in September 2004. We prepared this backgrounder to help Canadians digest events around benchmarks. We offer an objective and factual account of current activity. Read more
 
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10 Steps to a Common Framework for Reporting on Wait Times 10 Steps to a Common Framework for Reporting on Wait Times
November 2005
This paper proposes practices that would potentially make measurement of wait times more comparable across jurisdictions and over time. Federal, provincial and territorial governments have, like the general public, recognized wait times as a crucial component of health care reform. Read more
 
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Health Care Renewal in Canada: Accelerating Change 2005 Health Care Renewal in Canada: Accelerating Change 2005
January 2005
In this report, we set out three pathways to help steer us towards quality: quicker access to needed care, better quality services, and improved population health that factors in the need for support inside and outside the health care system. Read more
 
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Wait Times and Access Wait Times and Access
January 2005
A background paper to accompany Read more
 
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What is Advanced...
Measuring Wait Times
Presented by Jeanne Besner, interim chair of the Health Council of Canada, and Councillor, Dr. Ian Bowmer
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