Healthcare Wait Times Hit 20 Weeks In 2016: Report
20 weeks to wait for proper healthcare. No big deal. I mean, what is 4-5 months when your life is on the line?
But, hopefully time passes quickly for Canadians as they sip their Tim Horton’s coffee and watch hockey…because this is their reality.
According to one study, the “median wait” for Canadians was “20 weeks for ‘medically necessary treatments and procedures in 2016”:
” That’s more than double the wait times reported in 1993, when the right-leaning think tank began tracking the issue in Canada.
The survey looked at total wait times faced by patients starting from the time they received a referral from a general practitioner, to the consultation with a specialist, to “when the patient ultimately receives treatment.”
At 38.8 weeks, New Brunswick recorded the longest wait time among Canadian provinces.
Ontario recorded the shortest wait time at 15.6 weeks, however that province’s median wait rose from 14.2 weeks in 2015.
When looking at specialized treatment, “national wait times were longest for neurosurgery (46.9 weeks) and shortest for medical oncology (3.7 weeks).”
Orthopedic surgery followed a close second with 38-week wait, and ophthalmology with a 28.5 week wait.
Because, when you live in a land of cheap healthcare, who really needs to see or walk anyways?
“In a statement announcing the survey’s results, the institute estimated that Canadians are currently waiting for nearly one million “medically necessary” procedures.
“Crucially, physicians report that their patients are waiting more than three weeks longer for treatment (after seeing a specialist) than what they consider to be clinically reasonable,” the statement read.
The United States should take close watch of what is occurring in Canada. Such extensive wait times are simply unacceptable when lives are on the line.
Let this serve as a warning to those who want socialized medicine:
Be careful what you wish for–you just might get it…and when you do, you’ll wait 20-40 more weeks.
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