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Wait times and benchmarks

The CMA continues to work with other national medical organizations to lobby for implementation of wait-time commitments made by the first ministers in 2004 and to have new specialty areas added. We are persisting in goal of reducing wait times on many fronts, including the successful Taming of the Queue conferences and as a cofounder of the Wait Time Alliance.

The economic cost of wait times in Canada
What is the cost of excessive waits for medical care? A groundbreaking study, The economic cost of wait times in Canada, calculates the economic impact of excess wait times for total joint replacement surgery, MRIs, coronary artery bypass graft surgery and cataract surgery for all provinces. This study demonstrates that in addition to the obvious emotional, physical and financial toll endured by patients and their families

Streamlining patient flow from primary to specialty care
To address the challenge of patient referrals a collaborative effort involving the CMA, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada was launched in 2010.