The Wait Time Alliance (WTA) was formed out of concern among Canada’s doctors over delayed access to care for their patients, and an interest in working collaboratively with stakeholders to improve wait times. The WTA is comprised of several national medical specialty societies whose members are directly involved in providing care to patients.
WTA member groups include: Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine, Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons, Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology, Canadian Association of Radiologists, Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Ophthalmological Society, Canadian Orthopaedic Association, Canadian Psychiatric Association, Canadian Rheumatology Association, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, The College of Family Physicians of Canada .
The Wait Time Alliance has proposed a set of wait-time benchmarks or performance goals for several specialty procedures/treatments. These benchmarks were established after extensive consultation with medical experts using the best available evidence, and include wait-time benchmarks on cancer.
There is also a section on their website on leading practices as well as links to the WTA’s publications, including the WTA Report Card 2014: Time to close the gap