A reminder of how things are going up North:
The system is beset by problems. According to the Canadian Medical Association, roughly 4 million to 5 million people don’t have a family physician.Patients wait for practically any problem, sometimes with disastrous results. A Montreal woman died recently after waiting four days in a hospital ER, the last of a string of Quebec deaths that led the head of that province’s College of Physicians to hope openly for a “miracle.”
Even according to government statistics, Canadians wait too long for everything from surgeries like knee replacements (seven provinces fail to meet the benchmark wait times) to MRI scans. In other words, by the governments’ own standards and data, Canadians wait too long for care, even after massive increases in spending.
In the past few decades, in order to bend the curve of health costs, provincial governments have trimmed back on the supply of care: reducing the number of medical-school graduates, removing hospital beds, and failing to invest in new diagnostics and pharmaceuticals.
It’s the reason that Regina is so lacking in CT scanners (a 1970s technology). Indeed, Canada sees half as many CT scans performed per capita as the United States.