Patients in the province face a median wait of 20.3 weeks for medically necessary care.
In 2022, Ontarians could expect to wait 20.3 weeks for treatment.
If history is any guide, Ontario voters should not expect meaningful discussion of health policy during the upcoming provincial election campaign. Indeed, none of the party leaders have so far offered any feasible solutions to one of the provinces most pressing challenges - the unsustainable growth of government health care spending.
Ontarios new health premium, which kicked in last month, is not the answer to the provinces health care financing troubles. In fact, the premiums -- which now cost taxpayers between $150 and $450 per person, depending on income -- will have to triple by the 2007-08 budget-year if revenues are going to keep up with the rate of growth in health care spending.