The estimated time to clear the backlog has been reduced from 24 months to 15 months.
cost of waiting for treatment
An estimated 22,000 cancelled elective surgeries were put on hold in Alberta.
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.
Between 1997 and 2019, the cost of public health care for the average Canadian family grew 1.7 times faster than the average income.
Last year, an estimated 1,082,541 Canadians waited for medically necessary treatment.
Ontarians waited 29.7 weeks (on average) for orthopedic surgery this year.
In 2016, Canadians could expect to wait 10.6 weeks for medically necessary treatment after seeing a specialist.