Wait times mis­lead­ing

Winnipeg Free Press - - YOUR SAY -

If one were to go by the new WRHA Wait Times web­site, you would think it’s a mir­a­cle. Ev­ery fa­cil­ity, re­gard­less of num­ber of pa­tients, is show­ing a rel­a­tively rea­son­able wait time.

What most pa­tients don’t know or will miss in the fine print is that th­ese are not ac­tual wait times but “a fore­cast of the wait time you can ex­pect to ex­pe­ri­ence at the present time.” The pre­vi­ous for­mat showed the ac­tual doc­u­mented wait times.

On Oct. 11 at 8:57 p.m, at Health Sci­ences Cen­tre with 43 pa­tients in treat­ment and an­other 24 still wait­ing to be seen, the “fore­cast” wait time was 3.5 hours. At St. Boniface with 32 pa­tients be­ing treated and five wait­ing the “fore­cast wait time was three hours.” Pa­tient num­bers like this in the past would have re­sulted in” ac­tual” wait times of eight to 10 hours.

The WRHA would make it ap­pear that the wait times are al­ready im­prov­ing with the changes in health care. Are they try­ing to de­lib­er­ately mis­lead the pub­lic ?



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