Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Referral Times Up North

Do you think you'd prefer to have government-run health care? Check out the following from Forbes.

A new research paper from the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank, shows what happens when everyone within a country is trapped in a public health insurance system.

This year, Canadian patients faced a median wait of 27.7 weeks for medically necessary treatment from a specialist after being referred by a general practitioner. That's over six months—the longest ever recorded.

Across the board, patients waited a median of just under five weeks more than what doctors say is "clinically reasonable" to receive treatment from a specialist after securing a referral.

Wait times varied across the provinces of Canada, some over a year, none what you'd call "short." Britain's NHS has similarly excessive wait times.