Patients in the province faced a median wait of 20.3 weeks between seeing a general practitioner and receiving treatment in 2022.
health care wait lists
The inability to provide timely access to care precedes the pandemic.
Universal health-care systems in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and Australia include private insurers and/or providers.
Over the last week, roughly 90 people served by the Saskatoon health authority have been told that they will have to wait one month longer in pain and discomfort because of a budgetary shortfall. Though patients served by the Regina Health Region have been spared the cancellations, the budgetary and capacity issues there are no less real. But are the budgetary shortfalls and the resulting cancellations caused by a lack of health spending or by an inefficient use of those funds?