Canadians are all too familiar with medical wait times and the frustration and pain it can bring to a person and their family. Physical pain or great discomfort, inability to enjoy things you did before and monetary losses are present when waiting for your turn to get surgery or medical treatment. Contributing to universal health care through our taxes should ensure that all Canadians have equal access to timely and quality healthcare. Unfortunately, our healthcare is not even close to providing us with timely medical care.
According to the latest report from the Fraser Institute, orthopedic surgery wait times continue to increase. Orthopedic surgeries are surgeries that are considered “elective” or scheduled. The two most common orthopedic elective surgeries are hip and knee replacements. These two joint replacement procedures are mostly needed by those over 60-65 years old. So even more unfair to Canadians that have paid into the healthcare system all their working lives and are now facing such long delays. In 2022 the median wait from GP referral to see an orthopedic specialist was 16 weeks and to get surgery after seeing the specialist was 32.4 weeks in Canada. The total median wait time adds up to 48.4 weeks. That is an overall increase of 14.3 weeks from 2021.
Of course, these wait times differ from province to province, with Manitoba having the longest wait in 2022, a total of 104.9 weeks median wait time, and Ontario having the shortest median wait time of 29.9 weeks.
If you were put on a long medical wait list and would like to explore your private options Health Vantis can help. We will connect you to a reputable and safe medical facility and provide you with full medical concierge service from the first phone call till you are back home and are recovering. There are no wait times. We can get someone to surgery 3-4 weeks after we submit their medical records for review. To find out more information about our services please contact us toll-free at 877 344 3544 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org