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Health-care treatment wait times costs Canadians estimated $1.7 billion last year

In 2016, we published the results of our 26th annual physician survey, documenting the extent of wait times in Canada. Over time, as additional information and measures have become available from provincial governments and independent organizations (such as the CIHI, and the Commonwealth Fund), there can be no doubt that Canadians face remarkably long wait times for treatment.These wait times can, in many cases, have very real consequences.For example, data from Statistics Canada suggest that about 13.2 per cent of patients reported that they were adversely affected by their wait for non-emergency surgery in 2013. Using this estimation with more

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