In 2019, more than 166,000 patients in the province were waiting for treatment after seeing a specialist.
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Saskatchewan cut surgical wait times by, among other reforms, partnering with private clinics.
Patients could expect to wait almost 21 weeks for elective treatment.
Canada ranks among the bottom of OECD universal health-care countries for the number of doctors and hospital beds.
The share of provincial budgets consumed by health care will increase to an estimated 42.6 per cent by 2031.
Private for-profit hospitals comprise 39 per cent of hospitals in Australia and 43 per cent in Germany.