surveyed physicians in 12 specialties across 10 provinces and found “a median waiting time of 21.2 weeks between referral from a general practitioner and receipt of treatment.”
.. The wait to see a specialist for a consultation is now 177% longer than in 1993, while the wait from consultation to treatment is 95% longer than in 1993.
.. The shortest waits are in radiation and oncology. But long waits for orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery and ophthalmology, among others, far exceed what’s recommended and aren’t benign.
.. Some provinces perform better than others. “The shortest specialist-to-treatment waits are found in Ontario (8.6 weeks)”
.. while the longest are in Manitoba (16.3 weeks),”