A new report published by the Fraser Institute has discovered that wait times in the single-payer Canadian healthcare system have reached an all-time high. Despite this, here in the States, politicians like Bernie Sanders still clamber to impose socialist healthcare on America.
Sanders, who has been advocating for his socialized healthcare bill, “Medicare for All” said in a statement, “The issue that has got to be studied is how does it happen that here in Canada they provide quality care to all people, and I don’t think there is any debate that the quality of care here is as good or better than the United States, and they do it for half the cost.”
However, the Fraser Institute tells a different story. Their research showed that patients under the Canadian system spend two and a half months (or 10.9 weeks) waiting for even the most basic care and doctors’ visits. Canadian physicians believe that a reasonable waiting time is around 7 weeks.
In addition, patients had to wait for nearly four months (or 21.2 weeks) to start the treatment after they are referred to a specialist by a general practitioner.
The report stated, “This year’s wait time—the longest ever recorded in this survey’s history—is 128 percent longer than in 1993, when it was just 9.3 weeks.”
Fraser Institute’s report surveyed 10 major provinces of Canada and patients who waited for procedures are roughly around 1,040,791. Patients experience lengthy waiting times to receive ultrasound and scans. As of now, the waiting time for MRI scan and ultrasound is 10.8 weeks and 3.9 respectively.
The report added, “Research has repeatedly indicated that wait times for medically necessary treatment are not benign inconveniences. Wait times can, and do, have serious consequences such as increased pain, suffering, and mental anguish.”
When it comes to surgeries, patients wait as much as 42 weeks for orthopedic surgery. Moreover, in case of neurosurgery and ophthalmology, it is 33 and 31 weeks respectively.
“In certain instances, [wait times] can also result in poorer medical outcomes—transforming potentially reversible illnesses or injuries into chronic, irreversible conditions, or even permanent disabilities,” the report states. “In many instances, patients may also have to forgo their wages while they wait for treatment, resulting in an economic cost to the individuals themselves and the economy in general.”
There have been many instances where patients had to suffer due to such long wait times. One of such instances was with Sally Pipes (Ex Canadian) who is the president of the Pacific Research Institute. In 2005, Sally’s mother was a victim of colon cancer because she could not get a colonoscopy.
Pipes stated, “Why is it that politicians are out there calling for single payer when we have an example of a real single payer system right north of the border and that 63,500 Canadians go abroad in order to get procedures when they think the wait times are too long? Right now in Canada, there’s just over a million Canadians waiting on a waiting list to get a procedure.”