The longest wait occasions are believed to be within the Maritimes.
Canadians are ready longer than ever for medical remedy, however British Columbia isn’t the worst within the nation in the case of health-care wait occasions.
Fraser Institute launched a brand new examine on Thursday after an annual survey of physicians discovered that the median wait time in Canada for medical remedy is 27.4 weeks — the longest ever recorded.
Again in 2021, the median wait time was 25.6 weeks. In 1993, it was 9.3 weeks.
“The outcomes of this 12 months’s survey point out that COVID-19 and associated hospital closures have exacerbated, however usually are not the trigger, of Canada’s historic wait occasions challenges,” says Bacchus Barua, director of the Fraser Institute’s Centre for Well being Coverage Research.
Twelve medical specialties — from referral by a basic practitioner to when the affected person finally receives remedy — had been examined.
Ontario had the shortest wait time at 20.3 weeks, up 18.5 weeks from 2021. British Columbia ranked second in shortest wait time at 25.8 weeks, an enchancment from 2021 when wait occasions had been 26.2 weeks.
Based on the examine, the longest recorded wait time in Canada is 64.7 weeks on Prince Edward Island. The second longest recorded wait time was in Nova Scotia at 58.2 weeks.
Physicians within the examine reported that their sufferers are ready over six weeks longer for remedy, after seeing a specialist, than what they think about to be ‘clinically cheap.’
Mackenzie Moir, Fraser Institute coverage analyst and co-author of the report, says excessively lengthy wait occasions stay a defining attribute of Canada’s health-care system.
“And so they aren’t merely minor inconveniences; they can lead to elevated struggling for sufferers, misplaced productiveness at work, a decreased high quality of life, and within the worst instances, incapacity or dying,” says Moir.
The Fraser Institute is an unbiased Canadian public coverage analysis and academic group.