An increase in dedicated funding through the return to the 2004 Health Accord levels is earmarked as a way to improve timeliness of access. The NDP has pledged $500-million to improve access to medical care. $300-million of the funding will be dedicated to helping build or expand 200 clinics, while the remaining $200 million will be used for recruitment grants for doctors, nurse practitioners and other health providers, to be directed by the provinces.
Timely access was one of the Conservative government’s five national commitments in the 2006 election. Currently, there is no national wait times strategy. This strategy should address regional and population differences and be expanded beyond the initial five wait time areas (cancer, heart, diagnostic imaging, joint replacements, and sight restoration) to cover a variety of treatments.