Last year in B.C., the average wait time between referral to treatment was 26.6 weeks.
cost of waiting for care
In the Commonwealth Fund’s rankings of health-care systems, Canada scored a dismal ninth out of 11 countries.
In 2016, Canadians could expect to wait 10.6 weeks for medically necessary treatment after seeing a specialist.
Albertans wait 22.9 weeks for treatment—five weeks longer than 15 years ago.
In 2016, the median wait time between referral to treatment was 20 weeks—the longest ever recorded.
On average, Canadians who waited for treatment after seeing a specialist experienced a personal cost of $1,304 in lost productivity and income.