Canadians seeking surgical or other therapeutic treatment faced a median wait time of 18.2 weeks in 2010, the first increase since 2007 and the second-longest wait time recorded, according to a new report from the Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank.
“The wait times recorded in 2010 were exceeded only by the 18.3-week wait time recorded in 2007. After two years of decreasing wait times, the country has done an about-face,” said Mark Rovere, Fraser Institute associate director of health policy research and co-author of the 20th annual edition of Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada.
“The fact that Canadians are now waiting more than 127 days for medically necessary treatment is alarming. Unfortunately, too many politicians continue to cling to the fundamentally broken system while dismissing critical policy reforms that could help ease patients’ physical and emotional suffering as they wait for treatment.”