In 2016, Canadians could expect to wait 10.6 weeks for medically necessary treatment after seeing a specialist.
cost of waiting for treatment
In 2016, the median wait time between referral to treatment was 20 weeks—the longest ever recorded.
More than 13 per cent of patients said they were adversely affected by waiting for non-emergency surgery.
On average, Canadians who waited for treatment after seeing a specialist experienced a personal cost of $1,304 in lost productivity and income.