The inability to provide timely access to care precedes the pandemic.
waiting for treatment
Canadians could expect a median wait time of 49.2 weeks for neurosurgery.
The province's median wait time was about three months longer than the Canadian average.
Canada only had 2.0 acute care beds per 1,000 population, ranking 25th out of the 26 countries.
In 2021, Canadians could expect to wait 25.6 weeks (on average) between referral to treatment.
The province's MRI wait time was longer than the national average.
The province spent more per-capita on health care than any other province.
The province had the capacity to perform more than 1.3 million CT exams but only 419,000 were actually performed.
Canada has the seventh-worst “case fatality rate” among advanced countries.
According to the Quebec government, an estimated 140,000 patients are waiting for surgery in the province.