In Canada, longer than normal wait times pervade our health care system and physicians, policy makers and other health experts agree that we need to take action.
That’s what some leading organizations and provinces are doing. Starting in late spring, the Health Council will be releasing a video series on wait times in Canada.
In preparation for this series, I was in Ottawa late last month to shoot footage of the Taming of the Queue conference. My colleague, Media Specialist Terry Glecoff and I were on hand to gather interviews from conference participants. We captured a variety of insights on the issue and responses to the complex question: why do we wait?
|Dr. Tom Noseworthy of Alberta Health Services responds to questions posed by Media Specialist Terry Glecoff|
“In a universal health care system where everybody is included, they are usually challenged by access – getting people in – when people are not all included it’s easier to achieve access. But we have long wait times in Canada, and we need to retool the system to make it better. So we’ve got it right on the inclusion side with universality. We don’t have it right on waiting times.”
|The Canadian Medical Association's Stephen Vail with Ari Grief, Project Lead for our upcoming wait times video series|
In addition to shooting footage, I had the opportunity to talk to health leaders about their views on wait times. My main takeaway from the conference is that there are numerous innovative practices working to reduce wait times around Canada in a variety of settings – it’s just a matter of spreading the word to other jurisdictions across the country.
Along with Dr. Noseworthy’s interview, we captured a range of different perspectives on wait times. These insights will be revealed together with innovative practices that are working to reduce wait times in our upcoming video series.
By Ari Grief, Bilingual Communications Specialist/Project Lead Wait Times in Canada Video series.