The median wait time in Ontario last year (21.6 weeks) was more than twice as long as the 9.1-week wait in 1993.
Countries such as Switzerland, Germany and Australia either partner with their private sector or use it as a pressure-valve for the public system.
The province's average wait time for health care grew from 18.5 weeks in 2008 to 33.5 weeks in 2023.
Participating hospitals have reduced wait times to well below the provincial average.
The province's median wait time between referral to a specialist and receipt of treatment was 43.3 weeks.
Patients in the province waited 26.2 weeks between seeing a general practitioner and receiving treatment in 2021.
The estimated time to clear the backlog has been reduced from 24 months to 15 months.