In 2014, Canadian physicians reported that patients faced an 18.2 week wait from referral by a general practitioner to receipt of treatment.
Dr. Brian Day, former head of the Canadian Medical Association, is currently fighting to allow private treatment for patients.
Aspects of the Canada Health Act discourage provinces from emulating policies found in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
Canada’s premiers are meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon this week and health-care transfers from Ottawa may be high on the agenda.
Canada will increasingly be an outlier among developed countries.
Province contracted-out select day surgeries to private clinics, expanding total surgical capacity in a short period of time.
High level of spending has not yielded high value in return—Canada has some of the longest wait times for treatment in the developed world.
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