Priority levels and target times for surgeries and procedures other than for pediatric, cancer, cardiac, orthopedic and eye surgeries in Ontario are set by surgeons, specialists and health care administrators across the province, based on clinical evidence, to guide treatment decisions and to improve patient access and outcomes.
Wait times for these other types of surgeries and procedures are measured by two wait periods. (Data excludes patients who did not have the surgery or procedure after their first appointment with a surgeon or specialist.)
Time to the patient's first surgical or specialist appointment: How long patients waited from a surgeon, specialist or central intake office receiving the referral from the patient's family doctor, to the patient's first surgical or specialist appointment.
Time from decision for the surgery or procedure, to having the surgery/procedure: How long patients waited from deciding with the surgeon to proceed with surgery, to having the surgery.