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One million Canadians waited for medically necessary treatment in 2018

Apr 15

Written by: Del Meyer
04/15/2019 11:24 PM 

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2019 finds that Canada’s long wait times for medically necessary treatments cost Canadians $2.1 billion—or $1,924 per patient—in lost wages and time last year. Including the value of lost time outside the traditional work week—evenings and weekends—the estimated cost of waiting for medical care jumps to $6.3 billion. It’s estimated that more than one million Canadians waited for medically necessary treatment in 2018.

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That’s Canadian Medicare. Just wait for American Medicare-for-all. Our country is ten times as large and we may see 10 million Americans waiting in line. That’s almost like having no insurance coverage.

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Canadian Medicare does not give timely access to healthcare,
it only gives access to a waiting list.

–Canadian Supreme Court Decision 2005 SCC 35, [2005] 1 S.C.R. 791

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