British Columbia is waiting longer than ever to receive surgery and treatments.
A think-tank from the Fraser Institute found West Coast dwellers can expect to wait up to 22.4 weeks.
Bacchus Barua authored the study and says a revamp in health care policies are needed to reduce wait times.
“Think about patients first, think about the preservation of the system second. Think about policies that you can act in order to best deliver universal health care to your patients.”
B.C. wait times are longer than provinces like Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.
Meanwhile, BC’s Health Minister says his office is reviewing the studies.
“We’re not sure of the information in terms of it accurately reflecting the picture in BC. Having said that, we know that we have challenges with wait times for elective surgeries, particularly. Even though we are really increasing the number of hips and knees and cataracts that we are doing, the population aging I think is making it a challenge for us to keep up.”
Terry Lake says the way in which numbers are reported across Canada aren’t consistent, which he says the Wait Time Alliance might have overlooked.
“There is an inconsistency in the way wait times are reported across Canada, so the Wait Time Alliance – it doesn’t always reflect the accurate picture of wait times. But we do know BC has some challenges.”
Lake adds BC pledged 10 million dollars into increasing elective surgeries.