Among universal health-care countries, Canada ranked 28th out of 30 for the number of physicians available per 1,000 people.
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Participating hospitals have reduced wait times to well below the provincial average.
Australia, Switzerland and Germany all deliver more timely universal care with comparable levels of spending to Canada.
Canadians can expect to wait nearly six months from general practitioner referral to treatment by a psychiatrist.
Physicians who set their own fees determine the level of patient co-payment.
In countries with more successful universal systems, patients are free to use private clinics.
The province's median wait time between referral to a specialist and receipt of treatment was 43.3 weeks.
Dutch residents must purchase a standard insurance package from one of several private insurers.