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What is the benchmark?
Benchmarks are defined here as "evidence-based goals each province or territory will strive to meet, while balancing other priorities aimed at providing quality care to Canadians. Benchmarks express the amount of time that clinical evidence show is appropriate to wait for a procedure."
The pan-Canadian benchmark specifies surgery within 2 to 26 weeks (14 to 182 days), depending on how urgently care is needed. As there is a lack of comparability in urgency levels, provinces are reporting the percentage of patients treated within six months until 2011. Given the longest benchmark does not truly reflect the experiences of patient who need urgent care, this measure will no longer be reported for 2012 and onwards.