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Canadian doctors suggest acceptable waiting times for care

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 14 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:866
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Calgary

Seven Canadian medical organisations have joined forces to develop evidence based benchmarks for acceptable waiting times for certain types of care. Lengthy waiting times are a major concern in Canada.

In April the umbrella organisation the Wait Time Alliance of Canada released an interim report, No More Time to Wait, examining the problem of waiting times for health care in Canada.

The members of the alliance include the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Association of Radiologists, the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine, the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncologists, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, and …

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