CANADA'S ER WAIT TIMES LONGEST AMONG WESTERN NATIONS

Nov 30, 2012

By Jane Brown

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Emergency Room wait times are receiving attention, as a new report says Canadians wait longer for attention in hospital ER’s  than people in any other of the 11 developed countries surveyed.

An international survey by the Canadian Institute for Health Information,  says about one in 10 people seeking emergency care here, will wait eight hours or more, while the average length of an ER visit in this country is more than four hours.

Kathleen Morris is director of Systems Analysis and Emerging Issues at C-I-H-I.

She says emergency room waits here are driven partly by the lack of rapid access Canadians have to their family doctors and specialists,  the worst among Western nations.

 

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