Health Care

— Dec 10, 2020
Printer-friendly version
Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2020 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2020 is a new study that finds Canada’s health-care wait times reached 22.6 weeks in 2020—the longest ever recorded—and 143 per cent higher than the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking medical wait times. Before this year, the longest recorded wait time was 21.2 weeks in 2017. Atlantic Canada has the longest wait times in the country this year, and Ontario recorded the shortest wait time, which was still more than four months long.

— Nov 10, 2020
Printer-friendly version
Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2020

Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2020 is a new study that compares the performance of Canada’s health-care system to its international peers. The data shows that despite Canada being among the most expensive universal-access health-care systems in the OECD, the country has some of the lowest numbers of doctors, hospital beds, medical technologies, and the longest wait times.

— Aug 20, 2020
Printer-friendly version
The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2020

The Price of Public Healthcare, 2020 finds that the typical Canadian family will pay $14,474 for public health care this year, and single Canadians will pay $4,894. The study, which reveals the health-care costs—paid in taxes—for Canadians, also measures the growth of health-care costs over time.

— Jul 9, 2020
Printer-friendly version
Biologics and Biosimilars: A Primer

Biologics and Biosimilars: A Primer finds that Canadian patient access to potentially life-saving biologic medicines is comparatively limited because Canada’s protection of intellectual property in the life sciences—including biology and biochemistry—lags behind other industrialized countries.

— May 7, 2020
Printer-friendly version
The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2020

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2020 is a new study that finds long waits for surgery and medical treatment cost Canadians almost $2.1 billion in lost wages and productivity last year-costs that could increase now that many provinces have postponed elective (or scheduled) surgeries as a result of COVID-19. Crucially, more than one million Canadian (1,064,286) patients waited for medically necessary treatment last year, and each lost an estimated $1,963 (on average) due to lost wages and reduced productivity during working hours.

— Jan 21, 2020
Printer-friendly version
Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Private Insurance

Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Private Insurance finds that among 17 high-income countries with universal health care—including Australia, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands—all of them use private health insurance in some capacity to pay for medically necessary health-care costs, except Canada. Crucially, among those countries with comparable data, Canada has the longest wait times for medical necessary treatment.

Subscribe to the Fraser Institute

Get the latest news from the Fraser Institute on the latest research studies, news and events.

Research Experts