Canadians can expect to wait nearly six months from general practitioner referral to treatment by a psychiatrist.
Canadians may experience more limited access to new drugs and poorer health-care outcomes.
Wait times in the province more than doubled from 10.4 weeks in 1993 to 25.8 weeks in 2022.
In 2022, the wait between a specialist visit and treatment was 27.4 weeks.
Canada ranked 28th out of 30 universal health-care countries with 2.8 physicians per 1,000 people.
Canada ranked dead last on timely access to specialists and surgical care.
Physicians who set their own fees determine the level of patient co-payment.
An estimated 181,333 Albertans faced a median wait of 19.2 weeks between specialist consultation and treatment.
In 2022, Ontarians could expect to wait 20.3 weeks for treatment.
At 58.2 weeks, the province’s median wait time is more than double the national average.
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