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Ontario no longer has shortest health-care wait times in Canada

Ontarians waited 29.7 weeks (on average) for orthopedic surgery this year.

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Other universal health-care countries including France, Japan and Sweden practise cost-sharing.

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Universal health-care systems in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and Australia include private insurers and/or providers.

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A group of Canadian physician associations (the Wait Time Alliance) has just released a report on providing Canadian patients more timely access to care. Surprisingly, the report shows little regard for the pain and suffering patients experience while waiting for medical treatment. Even more troubling than the report itself is that this lack of regard for patients’ needs is becoming remarkably popular in Canada.