On an age-adjusted basis, Canada — not the United States — spends more on health care than any other nation. Yet long waiting lists have become the defining characteristic of the Canadian health care system.
International surveys show that Canadians wait longer than patients almost anywhere else in the developed world:
The only way to reduce long waiting times is real health care reform, says health policy expert Nadeem Esmail. The recommended reforms include allowing private entities to provide publicly funded health services, introducing competition in health insurance and its provision and providing appropriate incentives for better delivery of health services and their use.
Source: Nadeem Esmail, “Spending and Waiting: Canada’s Dysfunctional Relationship,” Fraser Forum, December 2003, Fraser Institute.