Mar 24, 2014
By Jane Brown
Waiting for medically necessary healthcare can be an expensive inconvenience for Canadian patients. A new study released today by the Fraser Institute think-tank finds Canadians lost a combined $1.1 billion, or an average of $1202 of income per patient, while waiting for surgery last year. Study author and Fraser Institute director of health policy studies Nadeem Esmail says, “the negative impact of wait times on the productivity of patients and their ability to participate fully in life is an issue too often ignored in the health care debate.” Medicare is more quickly accessible in the U.S. for those who can afford it. But Toronto’s Dr. Danielle Martin recently pointed out to a U.S. Senate Subcommittee on health issues that some 45,000 Americans die every year because they don’t have insurance at all.