waiting for health care

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Canada’s health-care wait times hit record high of 27.4 weeks

This year’s median wait is almost three times longer than the wait recorded in the first national survey in 1993.

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Alberta takes another step towards reducing health-care wait times

In 2021, the median wait in Alberta between seeing a general practitioner and receiving treatment was 32.1 weeks.

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Comparing Canada’s health-care system with other countries, Part I: Availability of Resources

Canada only had 2.0 acute care beds per 1,000 population, ranking 25th out of the 26 countries.

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Long health-care wait times hurt Canadians in many ways
According to the survey, an estimated 1.2 million Canadians waited for treatment last year.

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B.C. makes progress on surgery backlog—but serious challenges remain

The provincial government contracted several private surgical clinics to help clear the backlog.

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New Brunswick health-care wait times among longest in Canada

In 2020, patients in New Brunswick faced a median 41.3 week wait for medically necessary treatment.

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Waiting has become a defining characteristic of the Canadian health care experience. Patients stricken with illness, from mild to serious, must wait their turn for access to emergency care, family doctors, medical specialists, diagnostic scans, and treatment.

These delays, which can be quite substantial, impose needless costs on Canadians in terms of their economic, social, and mental well-being and can lead to less-desirable health care outcomes. Fortunately, this serious health care problem can be readily solved through policy reforms based on European successes.