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Province Ramping Up Efforts to Reduce Surgical Wait Times

Province investing funds for more surgeries, MRI and CT scans.

The Ontario government is investing funds into the healthcare sector. 

Up to $324 million is being invested to allow Ontario's hospitals to perform more surgeries, MRI and CT scans and procedures, including on weekends and evenings. 

The plan will allow the province's health care sector to perform up to 67,000 more procedures and 135,000 more diagnostic imaging hours. 

This will help reduce wait times while improving access to care. 

The announcement was made today by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott. 

"While the pandemic has been challenging for hospitals, we have made significant progress in addressing wait times for surgeries and other procedures and are in a much better situation than was expected mere months ago. As Ontario continues on the path to reopening and recovery, our government is committed to improving access and reducing wait times for scheduled surgeries and procedures across the province."

About $216 million will allow hospitals to extend operating room hours into evenings and weekends, creating opportunities to perform up to 67,000 additional surgeries. 

The province is also devoting $35 million for MRI and CT imaging. 

Officials say this will help reduce patient wait times while providing access to high-quality care. 

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