The views expressed herein represent the views of the Health Council of Canada acting within its sole authority and not under the control or supervision of Health Canada and do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada or any provincial or territorial government. [...] ABOUT THE HEALTH COUNCIL OF CANADA The Health Council of Canada was created as a result of the 2003 First Ministers' Accord on Health Care Renewal to report publicly on the progress of health care renewal in Canada, particularly in areas outlined in the 2003 Accord and the 2004 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care. [...] Funded by Health Canada, the Health Council operates as an independent non-profit agency, with members of the corporation being the ministers of health of the participating jurisdictions. [...] The first and most essential element in the minimum dataset is the definition of the waiting period itself. [...] Both the original date of referral to the specialist and the booking date for the intervention should be recorded.
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