waiting for health care
The provincial government contracted several private surgical clinics to help clear the backlog.
In 2020, patients in New Brunswick faced a median 41.3 week wait for medically necessary treatment.
Waiting has become a defining characteristic of the Canadian health care experience. Patients stricken with illness, from mild to serious, must wait their turn for access to emergency care, family doctors, medical specialists, diagnostic scans, and treatment.
These delays, which can be quite substantial, impose needless costs on Canadians in terms of their economic, social, and mental well-being and can lead to less-desirable health care outcomes. Fortunately, this serious health care problem can be readily solved through policy reforms based on European successes.
In most places, if you spend more, you receive more in goods or services. The glaring exception is Canada's government-run health care system.