The Fraser Institute has issued a new report, Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada.
Their report, issued on November 25th, is a must read. For a country which prides itself on the quality of its health care and considers universality as a national trait, the findings are scandalous. It is an indictment on how our health care system is managed. Wait times continue to grow, which means people suffer longer and in some situations become more ill. As the report says, “Wait times can, and do, have serious consequences such as increased pain, suffering, and mental anguish. In certain instances, they can also result in poorer medical outcomes—transforming potentially reversible illnesses or injuries into chronic, irreversible conditions, or even permanent disabilities.”
To see where your province is on the wait-list lottery check the chart at the bottom. Then ask your executives – and politicians – to explain why, over 21 years and billions of dollars, nothing gets better? Not the system, not the patients.
Click here for a succinct, easily understood read: