“After working hard and spending millions of dollars on the problem, the government has finally reduced wait times for all services in the country’s health care system by 80%!” is something that many Canadians believe they’ll never hear announced at a press conference.
Two reports on health care wait times – one from The Wait Time Alliance and the other from the Fraser Institute – highlight the sad reality for many Canadians, but does highlight some positive news.
Both groups used different strategies, but came to the same conclusion, that wait times still suck.
The Fraser Institute surveyed medical specialists about the length of time between a referral and treatment. The length of wait is 18.3 weeks, which is more than DOUBLE the length back in 1993.
The Alliance claims there has been some improvement for cardiac or radiation treatments, but many other services still command unreasonably long waits. They also flag decrease in wait times for hip/knee replacements, cataract surgeries, bypass surgeries, and diagnostic imaging, but that occurred after a 2004 health accord that has since lapsed.
One province has managed to find success.
Saskatchewan’s wait times have been halved since only 2011, from 29 weeks to 13.6 weeks.
The province partners with private medical providers to set up a pooled referral system that matches patients with the physician boasting the shortest waiting list.
Read more HERE via Global News.