Background: Reducing wait times is a key goal of Canadian health planners and policy makers. Using data from the EMRs of 23 family physicians across southwestern Ontario, we present data on wait times to see a specialist, and evaluate these data for equity. Methods: Cross-sectional analysis of EMR database of 29,303 patients and 544,398 encounters from October 2005 to July 2010.

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What Are Wait Times to See a Specialist? An Analysis of 26,942 Referrals in Southwestern Ontario