At the beginning of 2023, at least 645,000 Canadians were waiting for surgery.
surgery wait times
Canadians could expect a median wait time of 49.2 weeks for neurosurgery.
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.
Patients in the province waited 33.3 weeks (on average) for medically necessary treatment.
Donald Trump’s characterization of Canada’s health-care system as “catastrophic” may be political hyperbole, but we cannot ignore the huge problems that plague our system.
Province contracted-out select day surgeries to private clinics, expanding total surgical capacity in a short period of time.
The Government of Saskatchewan recently passed legislation that will allow patients to pay for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans using their own money.