cost of waiting for treatment

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Canadians pay a lot for free health care

Between 1997 and 2019, the cost of public health care for the average Canadian family grew 1.7 times faster than the average income.


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Opponents of health-care reform continue to ignore wait times data

Last year, an estimated 1,082,541 Canadians waited for medically necessary treatment.


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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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More than 13 per cent of patients said they were adversely affected by waiting for non-emergency surgery.


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On average, Canadians who waited for treatment after seeing a specialist experienced a personal cost of $1,304 in lost productivity and income.