The median wait between specialist visit to treatment in the province exceeded what physicians consider reasonable by more than one month.
waiting for treatment
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.
Patients in the province faced a median wait of 33.3 weeks between seeing a general practitioner and receiving treatment.
Patients in the province waited 26.2 weeks between seeing a general practitioner and receiving treatment in 2021.
In 2021, the median wait in Alberta between seeing a general practitioner and receiving treatment was 32.1 weeks.
The vast majority of universal health-care systems worldwide employ some form of cost-sharing.