Friday, June 4, 2010

Alternate Level of Care (ALC) Patients

Report: 2010

Wait times for long-term care in Ontario triple since 2005

 TORONTO - Too many people in Ontario are still waiting too long for the medical care they need, the Ontario Health Quality Council said Thursday in its 2010 annual report.

Patients in a hospital who need a long-term care bed wait an average of 105 days, but for people who are still living at home, the wait is 173 days or almost half a year.

"We’ve got 25,000 people who are waiting for long-term placement, 6,000 of whom are in acute care hospitals," said Progressive Conservative health critic Christine Elliott.

The Health Quality Council also found there are still 730,000 adults in Ontario without a family doctor, even though half of them are actively looking for a physician.

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