REPORT: CANADIAN PATIENT HOSPITAL WAIT TIMES LONGEST ANYWHERE

Feb 16, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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It’s something that probably does not come as a surprise to anyone who’s gone to a hospital emergency room in Canada.
The wait times for medical attention and for referrals to specialists are the longest among patients in nearly a dozen industrialized countries.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information found 29% of patients said they had to wait four hours – or longer – to be seen during their most recent emergency department visit.
That’s nearly three time the international average.
Patients in France fared the best with only 1% having to wait at least four hours.
The study also found Canadians reported the longest delays to see specialists, with just over half (56%) waiting longer than four weeks, compared with the international average (36%).
But the report says nearly three-quarters of Canadians rated the quality of care as very good or excellent – significantly higher than the international average.
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