Are there better ways to determine wait times?

Schaafsma, Joseph
May 2006
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/23/2006, Vol. 174 Issue 11, p1551
Academic Journal
Focuses on a survey-and-consensus method for setting benchmark wait times for various medical procedures initiated by the Western Canada Waiting List Project and the Wait Time Alliance. Analysis made by a panel of experts on the survey; Principle of cost minimization for patients and health care system in the country; Discussion on unit cost of excess capacity.


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