This year’s median wait is almost three times longer than the wait recorded in the first national survey in 1993.
health care wait times
Canada ranked last on the timeliness of both specialist and elective surgical care.
In 2021, the median wait in Alberta between seeing a general practitioner and receiving treatment was 32.1 weeks.
Canadians could expect a median wait time of 49.2 weeks for neurosurgery.
Albertans waited 32.1 weeks for medically necessary treatment—6.5 weeks longer than the Canadian average.
In 2021, Canadians could expect to wait 25.6 weeks (on average) between referral to treatment.
The province's MRI wait time was longer than the national average.
Since 1999, the provincial government increased health-care spending by more than 78 per cent.
Canada ranked last on timely access to specialist consultations and elective/non-emergency surgery.