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System Performance

Interpretation Note

Wait times have been impacted by reduced service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Directive #2 and Memorandum, from March 19 to May 26, 2020, health service providers and health service organizations including hospitals were directed to reduce elective surgeries and other non-emergency clinical activities to preserve capacity during the pandemic. To learn more about the impact on surgery and diagnostic imaging volumes, please click here.

Wait Times for Surgeries and Procedures



TIME TO PEDIATRIC PATIENT'S FIRST SURGICAL APPOINTMENT

TIME FROM DECISION TO PEDIATRIC PATIENT HAVING SURGERY

Time to First Cancer Surgical Appointment

Time from Decision to Cancer Surgery

VIEW WAIT TIMES FOR CARDIAC SURGERIES AND PROCEDURES

TIME TO PATIENT'S FIRST EYE SURGICAL APPOINTMENT

TIME FROM DECISION TO HAVING EYE SURGERY

TIME TO PATIENT'S FIRST ORTHOPEDIC SURGICAL APPOINTMENT

TIME FROM DECISION TO HAVING ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

TIME TO PATIENT'S FIRST SURGICAL OR SPECIALIST APPOINTMENT

TIME FROM DECISION TO HAVING SURGERY OR PROCEDURE


Wait times in Ontario for surgeries and procedures are reported as:

  • How long patients waited from a surgeon or specialist, or central intake office, receiving the referral from the patient's family doctor, to the patient's first surgical or specialist appointment
  • How long patients waited from deciding with the surgeon or specialist to proceed with the surgery, to having the surgery or procedure



The two surgery wait time periods measured and reported in Ontario do not cover the entire wait of the patient from the family doctor's referral, through to having the surgery or procedure. There is a time period, in the middle, where the specialist or surgeon may be ordering further tests or doing more consultations with the patient and/or other medical professionals. This middle time period is currently not captured in the Ontario data.

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