For a third straight year, British Columbia recorded an increase in average wait times for surgery.
That’s according to a study done by the Fraser Institute.
Study author Bacchus Barua says patients can expect to wait 22.4 weeks from referral to treatment.
“And that’s actually representing a steady deterioration over the last two or three years.”
He says wait times are increasing because there hasn’t been any action on them.
“If we’re really thinking about policy, wait times are increasing partly because we’re not doing anything really different to tackle the wait times.”
Barua says unless there’s a shift in the way the system works, wait times will either stabilize or increase.
He points to European countries with universal health care systems and some involvement of the private sector as examples of how to reduce wait times.