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As you know, COA delivers COA Dispatch direct to your inbox each Tuesday, briefing you on the latest industry news that impacts your practice. But we know you are busy and may have missed an important article or two. To that end, here's your monthly recap of the top five stories your peers accessed this month. For more articles, or to see what's trending now, visit the COA Dispatch news portal. To unsubscribe from this monthly recap, click here.


Surgeon wait lists to be kept secret
London Free Press
Ontario health regulators will slam the door on a key piece of information for patients who want to reduce how long they wait for surgery, sometimes in pain or disability, The Free Press has learned. Starting next year, regulators will give each Ontario surgeon a wait time scorecard every three months that shows how long their patients wait to go under the knife and the length of the queue.
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Alberta hospitals crumbling, rural facilities underused and system manipulated by politics
Calgary Herald
A five-month investigation by the Edmonton Journal has found disturbing details about the condition of the province's aging hospitals, how the facilities are evaluated, and who gets money for upgrades or new buildings. Indeed, while the leaky conditions at Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital have been making headlines recently, the Journal has discovered the situation around the province is much more critical and certainly more far-reaching.
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Wrist surgery tops list of surgical wait times in Nova Scotia
CBC News
Wait times for hip and knee surgeries in Nova Scotia were singled out by the provincial auditor general in his report, but there are worse numbers where those came from. According to the province's calculations, the wait for wrist surgery is about 50 per cent longer than the wait for hip surgery. There are 3.5 times as many people waiting for jaw surgery as there are for knee surgery.
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Saskatchewan improving on surgical wait times
Leader-Post
Saskatchewan is showing improvement when it comes to surgical wait times, according to the Fraser Institute's annual report on surgical wait times in Canada. According to the 2013 Waiting your turn: Wait times for health care in Canada report, Saskatchewan at 14.2 weeks was second only to Ontario at 14.1 weeks for the shortest wait times from referral to treatment.
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Soins de santé au Québec: temps d'attente supérieur à la moyenne canadienne
Journal Métro
Les Québécois en attente d'une chirurgie ou d'un traitement thérapeutique doivent s'armer de patience. Selon un rapport publié par l'Institut Fraser, le temps d'attente en province dépasse largement la moyenne canadienne. Le délai pour des soins de santé susceptibles de sauver des vies peut aller jusqu'à quatre mois au Québec, une statistique qui ne laisse pas indifférents les spécialistes de l'Institut.
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