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Canadians in need of psychiatric emergency care should have to wait no longer than 24 hours for access to a psychiatrist following a referral by a family physician; those in need of urgent psychiatric care should wait no longer than 14 days following a referral. Canadians needing to access their family physicians for a referral for acute mental health concerns should wait no more than 24 hours. In 2001, the median wait-time for non-emergency psychiatric treatment was 7.5 weeks. Anecdotal reports suggest that wait-times . . .

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