Specialist wait times up in Canada, Ontarians wait the shortest

Specialist wait times up in Canada, Ontarians wait the shortest

The study, an annual survey of physicians from across Canada, reports a median wait time in 2017 of 21.2 weeks-the longest ever recorded.

"British Columbia use to actually do a little bit better than the national average for several years, often amongst the top 3 when it came to wait times, which again is not saying much because in Canada in general wait times are so long that even if you're its really not a great situation".

"We're definitely seeing incredibly long wait times for things like orthopedic surgery", he said. New Brunswick had the longest median wait times in Canada, at 41.7 weeks, followed by Nova Scotia (37.7 weeks) and P.E.I.

Overall past year, 90 per cent of patients waited 36.4 weeks for treatment, it says. The only other province that saw wait times reduced was Newfoundland and Labrador, which dropped to 21.5 weeks from 26 weeks.

"Excessively long wait times remain a defining characteristic of Canada's health-care system", said Bacchus Barua, associate director of health policy studies at the Fraser Institute, in a statement. "It's time for policymakers to consider reforming the outdated policies that continue to contribute to long wait times in Canada".

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"We are also seeing incredibly long wait times for neurosurgery".

Median wait times for medical procedures, according to the Fraser Institute study. Canadians wait more than four weeks for a CT scan and almost 11 weeks for a MRI scan, it adds.

Between 2012 and 2016, wait times for hip and knee replacements remained relatively stable, while they increased for cataract removal and decreased for hip fracture fix, the report says.

CKNW newsroom has reached out to the Health Ministry and Adrian Dix for comment.

Bruce Macfarlane, a New Brunswick health department spokesman, said the province makes surgical wait time data available on a website.

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