Between 1997 and 2019, the cost of public health care for the average Canadian family grew 1.7 times faster than the average income.
cost of waiting for treatment
Last year, an estimated 1,082,541 Canadians waited for medically necessary treatment.
Ontarians waited 29.7 weeks (on average) for orthopedic surgery this year.
In 2016, Canadians could expect to wait 10.6 weeks for medically necessary treatment after seeing a specialist.
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.