Nova Scotians waited 58.2 weeks (on average) between referral from a GP to receipt of treatment.
The province expects to receive more than $6 billion from Ottawa via the Canada Health Transfer this year.
In Sweden, patients usually pay a nominal fee for family doctor appointments.
The French health-care system features several safety nets to protect vulnerable patients.
Canada ranked last on access to specialist visits in under four weeks.
Last year, Canadians could expect to wait 25.6 weeks from referral by a family physician to elective surgical care.
If the provinces increased provincial spending, they’d either have to raise taxes or run larger budget deficits.
At the provincial level, an aging population is putting upward pressure on health-care spending.
The vast majority of universal health-care systems worldwide employ some form of cost-sharing.