How much patience do patients need?

How much patience do patients need?

No, you’re not imagining things. It’s taking longer and longer — and longer — to get the medical care you need.

Waiting Your Turn, the Fraser Institute’s annual summary of treatment wait times in Canada, is out Tuesday, and the news is not good.

It begins, “Waiting for treatment has become a defining characteristic of Canadian health care,” and reports that the median wait for treatment across all provinces and some 12 medical specialties is now 19.8 weeks.

The median of 19.8 weeks of waiting around is a 136% increase over the 3.7 week wait of 1993, when the Fraser Institute first started keeping track.