At the back of the document there are some caveats, not the least of which is the short time frame this was studied over and the effect on more specialized services. As a front line person I can say that groups (that are not monitored) are definitely affected adversely by the priority programs. Also, the government has given more beds and OR time to the programs (orthopaedics, cancer, cataract and cardiovascular) so it stands to reason that not only will these programs just add cases (not necessarily to the detriment of others) but they’ll also be able to do more of they’re own cases.
The government has to act somewhere to start improving our health care wait time problem. This is as good a place as any. I would encourage the government to start looking at efficiencies as priority booking will eventually hurt other programs as the system continues to 100% utilization.