Health Care

— Jan 21, 2020
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Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Private Insurance

Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Private Insurance finds that among 17 high-income countries with universal health care—including Australia, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands—all of them use private health insurance in some capacity to pay for medically necessary health-care costs, except Canada. Crucially, among those countries with comparable data, Canada has the longest wait times for medical necessary treatment.

— 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).

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