Figure 1: Trending for the Proportion of Patients Receiving Care Within Benchmarks by Province and Priority Area, 2009 to 2011 (Figure 2 in the report)
p There was at least a 10-point increase in the proportion of patients receiving care within the benchmark.
q There was at least a 10-point decrease in the proportion of patients receiving care within the benchmark.
▬ No change in proportion of patients receiving care within the benchmark.
* The pan-Canadian benchmark specifies cataract surgery within 16 weeks (112 days) for patients who are at high risk. There is not yet consensus
on a definition of “high risk,” so the benchmark is applied across all priority levels.
† The pan-Canadian benchmark specifies bypass surgery within 2 to 26 weeks (14 to 182 days), depending on how urgently care is needed.
As there is a lack of comparability for urgency levels, provinces are reporting the percentage of patients treated within a six-month time frame. Trending is not possible due to changes in the reported population.
‡ Quebec reports the percentage of bypass patients receiving care within the benchmark for their assigned urgency level.
§ Quebec wait times for hip fracture repair are not included due to methodological differences in the data. For information on Quebec hip fracture
wait times, see CIHI’s report Comparing Wait Times for Hip Fracture Repair in Quebec With Those in Other Jurisdictions.
** P.E.I. does not offer cardiac services; patients receive care out of province.
All-Canada estimates were calculated using the provincially submitted percentage meeting benchmark and 50th and 90th percentile waits.
Trends were determined for provinces with at least three years of available data. A trend is at least a 10-point increase or decrease in the proportion
of patients receiving care within the benchmark from 2009. The proportion was considered unchanged with any difference of less than 10 points.
There are no pan-Canadian benchmarks for MRI and CT scans.