Wait times drop in Quebec hospitals in 2009: report
Published Thursday, October 29, 2009 10:21AM EDT
A right-wing think tank says that Quebecers are not waiting as long this year for surgeries and other treatments.
The Fraser Institute says that the median wait time dropped this year to 16.6 weeks, or about four-and-a-half months.
That's down from 18.7 weeks last year.
But the Fraser Institute says four-and-a-half months is still too long to wait for treatment.
"A 16.6 week wait time is still unacceptable when a patient's health and physical and emotional well being could be at risk," said Nadeem Esmail, author of Waiting Your Turn: Hospital Waiting Lists in Canada.
Nnationally, Ontario had the shortest wait times for surgery and other treatments.
Quebec was third while Newfoundland & Labrador had the longest total wait time at 27.3 weeks, or nearly seven months.