Thousands of Canadians are taking their health into their own hands.
A new report from the Fraser Institute finds 45,619 Canadians left the country to seek medical treatment for non-emergency issues last year, and wait times were a primary factor in that decision.
In 2015, on average, patients could expect to wait 9.8 weeks for medically necessary treatment after seeing a specialist. That’s almost 3 weeks longer than the time physicians consider to be clinically reasonable. (7.1 weeks)
Lack of available resources, quality concerns and treatment/procedures not available in Canada also played a part in the decision-making process.
Ontario posted the largest number of patients seeking treatment elsewhere. (22,352)
Urologists reported the highest proportion of patients travelling abroad for treatment (1.6%).
Data about which country patients went to was not collected.
To read the full report, click here.