Short Communication

Ontario wait time strategy to solve long waiting problem

Satyajit Patra*

Published: 27 October, 2018 | Volume 3 - Issue 1 | Pages: 027-028

The Ontario government has been battling with the issue of extensive wait times in hospitals for several years. Although there are many complex reasons that stem off of the issues of wait times, such as available in patient beds and bed blockers (patients who stay in the hospitals for long periods of time after sustaining a massive injury), the primary cause is concentrated as a system wide problem in access to care [1]. Through numerous reforming and restructuring plans, the Ontario government devised a Wait Time Strategy plan to monitor, manage and improve access to health care services including surgeries and time spent in the ER. The strategy was also devised to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare provision. The information derived from the results of the Ontario Wait Time Strategy (OWTS) was to be made public to citizens and providers to ensure that everyone is well aware of the results. Yet, it is quite difficult to implement such a strategy if the leadership challenges within the hospital are not addressed [2].

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  2. Bruni RA, Laupacis A, Levinson W, Martin DK. Public views on a wait time management initiative: a matter of communication. BMC health services research. 2010; 10: 228. Ref.: https://goo.gl/7R6ZK9
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