According to the Quebec government, an estimated 140,000 patients are waiting for surgery in the province.
The provincial government contracted several private surgical clinics to help clear the backlog.
Provinces continue to discourage the development of a parallel private health-care sector—in stark contrast to other countries.
Canadians must wait 41.7 weeks (on average) to receive medically necessary elective orthopaedic surgery.
Survey says seven in 10 Canadians are ready for virtual doctor appointments.
Get ready for Medicares annual summer slowdown, where the forecast calls for possibly poorer than usual service levels.
Every year, provincial health care systems across Canada dutifully reduce the volume of services they provide in preparation for the summer vacation season. This planned-for reduction has the inevitable effect of lengthening waiting times for Canadians over the summer months (and during Christmas holidays). The added twist this year is the slowdowns might be extended in a bid to reduce expenditures.