THE LONG WAIT FOR HEALTH CARE IN CANADA

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Nothing has changed in the last year.

It its 24th annual wait times report, the Fraser Institute says Canadians are waiting, on average, 18.2 weeks for medically necessary surgery or other treatment.

The same as last year.

In 1993, the wait time was 9.3 weeks.

Hospital ERs

?Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada,? examined the total time faces by patients from referral by a general practioner, to consultation with a specialist and subsequent receipt of treatment.

Lead author and Fraser Institute senior economist Bacchus Barua tells the New AM 740?s Goldhawk Fights Back, ?For a lot of patients, wait times can have serious consequences.  They can result in pain and suffering.  They can result in poorer medical outcomes ? transforming a treatable illness into something that might be a debilitating disability later on in the future.  They can result in lost wages because patients aren?t able to go…

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