Participating hospitals have reduced wait times to well below the provincial average.
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The province's wait times were 6.5 weeks longer than the national average.
Wait times in the province more than doubled from 10.4 weeks in 1993 to 25.8 weeks in 2022.
Canada now has the most expensive universal health-care system in the world.
An estimated 181,333 Albertans faced a median wait of 19.2 weeks between specialist consultation and treatment.
The province's median wait time between referral to a specialist and receipt of treatment was 43.3 weeks.
The median wait between specialist visit to treatment in the province exceeded what physicians consider reasonable by more than one month.
Countries with shorter wait times do universal health care differently than Canada.
Patients in the province could expect to wait 25.8 weeks (on average) between a specialist referral and receipt of treatment.
Patients needing neurosurgery faced a typical wait of more than a year.