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Waiting Your Turn: Hospital Waiting Lists in Canada, 17th Edition

Type: Research Studies
Date Published: October 15, 2007
Research Topics:
Health, Hospital Waiting Lists

The Fraser Institute's seventeenth annual waiting list survey found that Canada-wide waiting times for surgical and other therapeutic treatments increased slightly in 2007. Total waiting time between referral from a general practitioner and treatment, averaged across all 12 specialties and 10 provinces surveyed, increased from 17.8 weeks in 2006 to 18.3 weeks in 2007. This small nationwide deterioration in access reflects waiting-time increases in 6 provinces, while concealing decreases in waiting time in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Among the provinces, Ontario achieved the shortest total wait in 2007, 15.0 weeks, with British Columbia (19.0 weeks), and Quebec (19.4 weeks) next shortest. Saskatchewan exhibited the longest total wait, 27.2 weeks; the next longest waits were found in New Brunswick (25.2 Weeks) and Nova Scotia (24.8 weeks).

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