News Item – New program cuts wait times to see gastrointestinal specialists by 98%

Alberta doctors are lauding a new initiative that has essentially eliminated the wait to see gastrointestinal specialists.

The Enhanced Primary Care Pathways program links family doctors with specialists to both eliminate unnecessary referrals, and help patients with non-urgent concerns receive the specialist-level care they need from their primary physician.

The program cut wait times for non-urgent gastrointestinal patients by 98 per cent between January 2016 and February 2018, with the wait list decreasing from 2,742 patients to just 30.

Full article at: CBC News