In 2017, wait times cost the Canadian economy an estimated $1.9 billion—roughly $1,800 per person waiting.
health care wait times
Last year in B.C., the average wait time between referral to treatment was 26.6 weeks.
In Switzerland, the health-care system features managed competition among insurance companies and health-care providers.
Private for-profit hospitals comprise 39 per cent of hospitals in Australia and 43 per cent in Germany.
Unlike Canadians, Germans do not face long wait times for health care.
Other universal health-care countries including France, Japan and Sweden practise cost-sharing.
Universal health-care systems in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and Australia include private insurers and/or providers.
In the Commonwealth Fund’s rankings of health-care systems, Canada scored a dismal ninth out of 11 countries.
New survey corroborates troubling health-care wait-times trend.