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Life Is Too Short For Waiting Lists
According the The Fraser Institutes 2014 Wait Your Turn Report research has repeatedly indicated that wait times for medically necessary treatment are not benign inconveniences. Wait times can, and do, have serious consequences such as increased pain, suffering, and mental anguish. In certain instances, they can also result in poorer medical outcomes—transforming potentially reversible illnesses or injuries into chronic, irreversible conditions, or even permanent disabilities. In many instances, patients may also have to forgo their wages while they wait for treatment, resulting in an economic cost to the individuals themselves and the economy in general.
It is estimated that, across the 10 provinces, the total number of procedures for which people are waiting in 2014 is 937,345—9,225 more than in 2013. This means that, assuming that each person waits for only one procedure, 2.7% of Canadians are waiting for treatment in 2014.