The median wait between specialist visit to treatment in the province exceeded what physicians consider reasonable by more than one month.
cost of waiting for treatment
Countries with shorter wait times do universal health care differently than Canada.
Canada ranked last on timely access to specialist consultations and elective/non-emergency surgery.
According to the Quebec government, an estimated 140,000 patients are waiting for surgery in the province.
The estimated time to clear the backlog has been reduced from 24 months to 15 months.
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.