CBC News | Health. (21 June 2011). Hospital bed tie-ups drive long waits. Retrieved 21 June 2011 from http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/06/21/wait-times-hospitals.html.
According to a new report by the Wait Times Alliance, patients waiting for different levels of care are one of the main reason for long waits in hospitals. Patients that could receive better care elsewhere are put into hospital care while waiting to receive treatment. Typically these are elderly patients with chronic conditions who enter the hospital by way of the emergency departments and stay for an average of 26 days. It is estimated that for every hour they remain at the hospital, four people are denied emergency department access
There are a number of suggestions for dealing with this issue, including investing more into home care and providing support to home health care workers. However it is achieved, the goal is to ensure that patients receive care in the most appropriate setting.