PECLECPrograma Especial de Combate às Listas de Espera Cirúrgicas (Portugal)
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The PECLEC was initiated in June 2002 and by then, according to the Ministry of Health, there were 123,126 patients waiting for surgery.
The reason why it is considered important to shift the decision to the patient is because, according to the Ministry of Health, 20,000 patients refused surgery in the private sector since the beginning of the PECLEC (LUSA, 2004).
Not before March 2004 (first target established by the government) the result of the PECLEC will be assessed as to what extent there will be less people on the waiting lists.