Canada has the seventh-worst “case fatality rate” among advanced countries.
waiting for treatment
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.
In 2020, patients in New Brunswick faced a median 41.3 week wait for medically necessary treatment.
Canada ranked second-last for acute care beds with 2.1 beds per thousand people.
More than one million patients in Canada waited almost 20 weeks (on average) for medically necessary care last year.
An estimated 22,000 cancelled elective surgeries were put on hold in Alberta.