Last year, the median wait between a specialist referral and treatment was 14.8 weeks in Canada.
Nova Scotians waited 58.2 weeks (on average) between referral from a GP to receipt of treatment.
The French health-care system features several safety nets to protect vulnerable patients.
Patients in the province faced a median wait of 33.3 weeks between seeing a general practitioner and receiving treatment.
Patients in the province faced a median wait of 20.3 weeks between seeing a general practitioner and receiving treatment in 2022.
This year’s median wait is almost three times longer than the wait recorded in the first national survey in 1993.
Canada ranked last among universal health-care countries for specialist appointment waits and receipt of elective surgery.
Outpatient pharmaceuticals in Belgium are usually partially reimbursed through a third-party payer scheme.
Last year, Canadians could expect to wait 25.6 weeks from referral by a family physician to elective surgical care.
There's a clear imbalance between health-care spending and performance in Canada.