Originally Posted by MiddleAgedAl
Proper studies involving thousands of sample points can often paint a more accurate picture than the anecdotes of a friend or relative...
"The results of this year’s survey indicate that despite high levels of health expenditure and provincial wait time strategies, it is clear that patients in Canada are waiting too long to receive treatment."
"It's becoming clearer that Canada's current health-care system cannot meet the needs of Canadians in a timely and efficient manner, unless you consider access to a waiting list timely and efficient"
"One dimension of the ECHI in which Canada fared particularly poorly was waiting times for medical services. In fact, Canada was among the very worst performers in this component of the index."
And keep in mind, Canada has had universal health care for decades, so the system has had ample time to grow to meet the demands of the increasing population. What happens if you dump tens of millions of new people into the system at once, rather than the slow increase normally associated with population growth?
I dunno, it just seems to me that the likelihood of this causing a huge strain and backlogs on the system is higher than the chances of it absorbing this huge spike smoothly. That will decrease the quality of care for everybody.
Good list of sources. It could be that my cousins (who are indeed a tiny sample set) have not required elective procedures and therefore have not had any wait times to complain about. I've only had one elective procedure (butt scope) in many years, and we live in rural America where I can see my doctor in a day or two and have a procedure scheduled for next week if need be. So again, I have no complaints. It's certainly not that way in other places, though. I understand that.
I can't say why Canada has not been able to adjust to the demand. You would think it would be a boon to the healthcare sector job market, but maybe the med school grads can make more in the US, so they don't go back to Canada? I don't know.