Waiting times cost B.C. patients $155.5 million last year: Fraser Institute study
Waiting for medically necessary surgeries cost British Columbian patients about $155.5 million in lost time last year, a Fraser Institute economist claims in a new study.
It estimates that the total cost to Canadian patients of waiting for treatment after seeing a specialist was $1.1 billion in 2013, up from $982 million in 2012. Quebec had the highest cost at $267.7 million.
Author Nadeem Esmail said the report explores a consequence of waiting for care that Canadians don’t often consider.
BETHANY LINDSAY Reports
Dr. Michael O'Shaughnessy