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  • September 19, 2008


McGuinty Government Improving Access To Care And Reducing Wait Times For Kids

September 9, 2008

Ontario is funding more surgical procedures for the young people of the Central LHIN to reduce wait times and improve access to paediatric care, Dr. Jaczek MPP for Oak Ridges Markham, announced today on behalf of the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, David Caplan.

A number of paediatric surgical procedures were assigned priority status to reduce significant wait times. As a result, through the Central LHIN, North York General Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Centre will receive dedicated funding this year for key paediatric services:

·North York General Hospital will receive $140,400 for 110 additional dental/oral surgeries and 25 otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) surgeries and;

· Southlake Regional Health Centre will receive $43,200 for:

  • four additional dental/oral surgeries
  • four additional opthalmology (eye) procedures,
  • four urology surgeries, and
  • 26 otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) surgeries.

While the Paediatric Wait Time Strategy focuses on these priorities immediately, the overall agenda is to improve the access to timely, high-quality paediatric health care services for all children in Ontario.

Since April/May 2006 paediatric wait times for all paediatric surgical services have decreased approximately 17 per cent from 273 days to 226 days

“Working with the government to reduce wait times for key paediatric surgeries is a priority for the Central Local Health Integration Network,” said Mr. Hy Eliasoph, Central LHIN CEO. “We welcome this funding and will work hand-in-hand with our health care partners to improve the health of expectant mothers and their children.”


Since March 2006, provincial paediatric wait times have experienced significant reductions in Ophthalmology (eyes), Dental, Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), and Orthopaedic (bone and joint) wait times at specific institutions across the province between March 2006 and April 2008. For example:

  • Kingston General Hospital has reported a 121-day reduction in wait times for Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Hamilton Health Sciences has reported a 232-day reduction in wait times for Ophthalmology Surgery and a 95-day reduction in Urology Surgery
  • London Health Sciences Centre has reported an 85-day reduction in wait times Dental/Oral Surgery and a 110-day reduction in wait times for Otolaryngology Surgery
  • Hospital for Sick Children has reported a 67-day reduction in wait times for paediatric Dental/Oral Surgery


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