Patients in the province waited 33.3 weeks (on average) for medically necessary treatment.
private health care
In Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom, private insurance allows patients a wider choice of providers and faster access to health care.
Even the U.K. has a robust parallel private system, often used as an alternative to the ailing National Health Service.
In 2016, patients in Canada could expect to wait 20 weeks between GP referral and treatment.
Wait times remain a serious problem in all 10 provinces.
Our health-care system is expensive, delivers poor-to-modest results, and fails to achieve many of its laudable aspirations.
British Columbia’s health ministry recently announced it will invest $10 million to increase surgical capacity, with an eye on reducing wait times.
Professor Colleen Flood’s recent column in Globe Debate (Canada should look to Europe on health care, not the U.S) got the title right – but just about everything else wrong. Canadians would indeed benefit from a look at Europe for lessons on healthcare reform. What they should not do is fall for Ms. Flood’s erroneous jumbling of statistics that muddle reality and results in false conclusions.