A new report suggests Canadians have the longest emergency room wait times compared with patients in 11 industrialized countries.
The report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found 29 per cent of Canadians said they had to wait four hours or longer to be seen by a doctor during their most recent ER visit.
That’s almost three times the international average of 11 per cent of patients who reported at least a four-hour wait to see a health-care provider. Patients in France fared the best, with just one per cent having to wait that long.
Canadians also reported the longest delays to see a specialist. 56 per cent wait longer than four weeks compared with the international average of 36 per cent.
However, once they get care, almost three-quarters of Canadians rated the quality of care as very good or excellent, significantly higher than the international average.
The report is based on 2016 surveys of adults in 11 developed countries compiled by the Commonwealth Fund, a private U.S. foundation that promotes high-quality and accessible health care.