Countries such as Switzerland, Germany and Australia either partner with their private sector or use it as a pressure-valve for the public system.
private health insurance
Last year, Canadians could expect a median wait of 27.4 weeks between referral to a specialist and receipt of treatment.
Patients in the province waited 26.2 weeks between seeing a general practitioner and receiving treatment in 2021.
In Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom, private insurance allows patients a wider choice of providers and faster access to health care.