Saskatchewan cut surgical wait times by, among other reforms, partnering with private clinics.
access to health care
Patients could expect to wait almost 21 weeks for elective treatment.
A 1991 report recommended a 10 per cent reduction in medical school enrolment in Canada.
Patients in Saskatchewan still have access to universal care—just a lot sooner than before thanks in part to private providers working within the system.
Alberta is a comparatively high spender on health care but at best a modest performer.
Survey says seven in 10 Canadians are ready for virtual doctor appointments.
In 2017, wait times cost the Canadian economy an estimated $1.9 billion—roughly $1,800 per person waiting.
Even the U.K. has a robust parallel private system, often used as an alternative to the ailing National Health Service.
Last year in B.C., the average wait time between referral to treatment was 26.6 weeks.