The elective surgery queue cost 1.2 million Canadians a total of $2.8 billion in lost wages and productivity.
health care wait times
More than one million patients in Canada waited almost 20 weeks (on average) for medically necessary care last year.
Treatable conditions may turn into more permanent debilitating conditions.
Eighteen per cent of Canadians reported waiting four months or more for elective surgery compared to zero per cent in Germany.
Australians can purchase private insurance for heath-care services.
In 2019, Alberta spent significantly more per person on health care than any other large province.
Between 1997 and 2019, the cost of public health care for the average Canadian family grew 1.7 times faster than the average income.
Doing time on a health-care waiting list is pure loss—no one gains from your waiting.
Last year, an estimated 1,082,541 Canadians waited for medically necessary treatment.
Patients in Saskatchewan still have access to universal care—just a lot sooner than before thanks in part to private providers working within the system.