More than one million patients in Canada waited almost 20 weeks (on average) for medically necessary care last year.
cost of waiting for care
In 2019, more than 166,000 patients in the province were waiting for treatment after seeing a specialist.
Wait times cost Canadians up to $1,963 for each person waiting for treatment.
An estimated 1,064,286 Canadians waited for medically necessary treatment in 2019.
Patients could expect to wait almost 21 weeks for elective treatment.
In 2019, Alberta spent significantly more per person on health care than any other large province.
In 2019, patients in Nova Scotia waited 33.3 weeks from referral by a family doctor to treatment.
Last year in B.C., the average wait time between referral to treatment was 26.6 weeks.