Health Care Wait Times

— Dec 10, 2020
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2020 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2020 is a new study that finds Canada’s health-care wait times reached 22.6 weeks in 2020—the longest ever recorded—and 143 per cent higher than the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking medical wait times. Before this year, the longest recorded wait time was 21.2 weeks in 2017. Atlantic Canada has the longest wait times in the country this year, and Ontario recorded the shortest wait time, which was still more than four months long.

— Dec 10, 2019
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2019 finds that the median wait time for medically necessary treatment in Canada this year was 20.9 weeks. This is the second-longest wait ever recorded by the Fraser Institute, which has been measuring wait times across Canada since 1993 when patients waited just 9.3 weeks. Among the provinces, Ontario had the shortest median wait time this year at 16.0 weeks, and Prince Edward Island recorded the longest wait time (49.3 weeks).

Health Care Wait Times Research Experts

  • Director, Health Policy Studies, Fraser Institute