Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2014 Report

The 2014 Waiting Your Turn survey indicates that the total waiting time for elective medical treatment across the provinces has not changed since 2013, and that it remains at a very high level historically. Even if one debates the reliability of waiting-list data, this survey reveals that wait times in Canada are longer than what physicians consider to be clinically reasonable. The estimated the cost of waiting per patient in Canada was approximated at $1,202 in 2013 if only hours during the normal working week were considered “lost” and as much as $3,681 if all hours of the week were considered “lost”. Wait times must be curtailed for the health of the economy, and, most importantly, the health of Canadian patients.

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