Health Care Wait Times

— Dec 7, 2017
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2017 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2017 finds that wait times for medically necessary treatment hit a new record in 2017 at 21.2 weeks—the longest ever recorded. The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, finds Ontario again recorded the shortest wait time at 15.4 weeks—nearly four months—and New Brunswick recorded the longest wait time at 41.7 weeks.

— Nov 23, 2016
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2016 finds that Canadian patients waited longer than ever this year for medical treatment. The median wait time in Canada in 2016 was 20 weeks—the longest ever recorded—and more than double the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking wait times for medically necessary elective treatments. Among the provinces, Ontario recorded the shortest wait time at 15.6 weeks—up from 14.2 weeks in 2015. New Brunswick recorded the longest wait time (38.8 weeks). It’s estimated that Canadians are currently waiting for nearly one million medically necessary procedures.

— Apr 26, 2016
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Learning from the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative to Improve Wait Times in Canada

In 2010, the Saskatchewan government launched the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative (SSI) – a program to tackle long wait times for medically necessary surgeries and which included the controversial introduction of private for-profit clinics. The study, Learning from the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative to Improve Wait Times in Canada, cites Government of Saskatchewan statistics from 2014 showing a 75 per cent decline in the number of patients waiting for more than 3 months for medical treatment.

— Dec 8, 2015
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2015 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2015 Report is an annual survey of physicians, from across the country, which examines the total wait time faced by patients across 12 medical specialities. The study reports a median wait time — from referral by a general practitioner (ie: a family doctor) to consultation with a specialist, and subsequent receipt of treatment — of 18.3 weeks, up slightly from 18.2 weeks in 2014.

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Health Care Wait Times Research Experts

  • Associate Director, Health Policy Studies, Fraser Institute