Out of 30 countries, Canada came in at 23rd. When adjusted for "bang for your buck," even with Canada's very high level of spending it ranks last. This is shocking news!
The study examined several health-care quality indicators including wait times, patient rights and information, primary care and access to one's own medical records. The report states that Canadians rely upon a "sclerotic, inefficient and remarkably stingy" system when it comes to providing excellent and timely care to patients. And when it comes to patients rights and information, Canada tied with Poland, ahead of only Latvia.
Wait times is the weakest link in the Canadian health care system. As one who is in the queue, I had to wait to see my family doctor (but not too long), then wait for the CT scan, then wait for the specialist (which was originally going to be three months, but I saw him within six weeks of contact), then wait for an MRI (but again I got a cancellation), again wait to see the surgeon for the results of the MRI, and finally am currently waiting for a date for surgery. So far it's been seven months.
On the other hand, the study says that with respect to clinical outcomes, Canada compares well with the best performing health care systems. And within Canada, British Columbia is second only to Ontario.
So even though I'm waiting, I know that I'll be in good hands with quality care when I arrive at the hospital for my operation. However, maybe I should consider moving to Austria, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland or Germany.