How long are Canadians waiting for health care?

How long are Canadians waiting for health care?

The health care Canadians get within the
country can vary depending on where you live. That includes wait times for
different types of care from the time of a referral to getting the treatment they
need. Saskatchewan has the shortest median total wait at fifteen weeks.
However, people in New Brunswick are waiting ten months — the longest in the
country and this problem is getting worse. Compared to 1993, it looks like all
Canadians are waiting weeks longer to get the care they need and the rise in
wait times is happening despite the fact that Canada had more physicians in 2018
than it did the year before. The latest numbers saying it had nearly 90,000 of
them. Physicians don’t necessarily work full time. Many physicians will work part
time and do other things because physicians work on what we call
fee-for-service, so when they do a service, they get a fee paid to them from
the government. They can make a pretty good income, many of them, by not working
full time so they choose to do that. In this year’s election, all of the main
political parties have promised to make sure all Canadians have better access to
care, even for minorities who may have the most trouble getting it, like people
within the transgender community. We need a national strategy around wait times
and I think we need a wait-times guarantee. I think the federal
government should insist on that as part and parcel of funding that they
give to the provinces.

13 thoughts on “How long are Canadians waiting for health care?

  1. I meet lot of american tourists and its frightening to even imagine healthcare there and same is with many countries.
    We have medical staff shortage thats it and if you say free healthcare has caused it then it means you believe that only top middle or elite class should have access to the healthcare

  2. But Bernie went there for his insulin and Elizxabeth Warren has a plan! Maybe canada should make themselves great again and the socialists should immigrate there.

  3. Yes massive quantities of health care money sent to Quebec and massive debt on our children and given away out of the nation. Time to eliminate these criminal civil servants and the MSM who support them.

  4. Story is too light on detail. The system includes a layer of triage. If you have an urgent need you get urgent care. If you have a non urgent need then the queue is longer. What care, exactly, are trans gender people waiting an unreasonable amount of time to access? Since the story used that example. If they show up at emerg with heart attack like chest pain they'll get urgent care, just like everybody else. Is the quibble the priority of non urgent care? Availability of specialists? What is it?

  5. I came Back to Vancouver because they refused to release the records of my injury (when I was in security) to the doctors in Alberta. When I came here and started to ask, they sent me to a shrink who slandered my name and they essentially blacklisted me from any medical services. Considering that I had to have heart surgery since my initial injury, this meant that I no longer had access to heart medication and started having heart attacks. The last time I had an attack they informed me that they would not treat me and sent me home, even without removing the I.V. that the paramedics had put in my arm. I tried to get an advocate, but all of the advocates here receiving their funding, at least in part, by the VCH and they refuse to oppose the organization in fear that they would cut off funding like they have done to other advocacy organizations here. So now I am stuck, I can't leave, I can't even get around much, and I can't even go to a Burnaby hospital because I have a Vancouver address. Please, help me. I even have documentation if anyone could spare five minutes to look. Please, help me.

  6. It's no better in Europe, b or anywhere else that has socialized medicine. Socialized anything is doomed to be a failure at it's inception. Why don't people get that after seeing it fail time and time again? Insanity. We get treatment immediately.

  7. I waited 2 weeks for a full abdominal ultrasound and chest xray ,
    Daughter entered hospital at 3 pm , was having Gallbladder out by 8 pm , turned into 8 day stay because of compilations, had CT scan and 2 ERCP procedures and a drain installed all in the time there

    It ain't free people whe your paying 20K a year in taxes and a $800 Health tax

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