Update: A PDF file from the Canadian Dermatology Association: 6-month wait to see a dermatologist By Chuck Poulsen Sunday, July 13, 2008
Although skin cancer rates continue to rise in Canada, there is a severe shortage of dermatologists. In the Okanagan, just one dermatologist serves Kelowna and Vernon. Dr. Carmel Anderson‘s waiting list is six months long. She has stopped putting names on her cancellation list because that has too many names on it to make a cancellation appointment even remotely possible except for those at the top. The Canadian Dermatology Association said only between 600 and 700 dermatologists are available to treat the country‘s population of more than 30 million.Read the whole thing. This is what price controls do too supply. In this case, the supply of Dermatologists. Americans wouldn't tolerate this.
Update: Colonoscopy Wait Times in Canada. PROLONGED WAIT TIMES FOR COLONOSCOPY IN CANADA: THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF GASTROENTEROLOGY (CAG) ENDOSCOPY QUALITY INITIATIVE (EQI) PILOT PROJECT
Wait times for many patients referred for colonoscopy exceed the CAG-recommended maxima. Wait times for FOBT-positive patients are somewhat shorter but access to care remains unacceptably prolonged for those with symptoms of serious GI disease. The EQI program provides a valuable, point-of-care data collection tool to evaluate delivery of care for patients with digestive diseases.
Indication N Total Wait Time = WT_T (days) Median (75th / 90th centile)
(a) IBD flare 25 102 (170/531)
(b) Gastrointestinalblood loss 169 110 (189/294)
(b) Positive FOBT 22 34 (84/205)
(b) Diarrhea 87 132 (221/344)
(c) Family history of colon cancer 150 163 ( 329/480)
Or, Non-emergency surgeries in Nova Scotia, 2007
CANSIM - ResultsSo half of those 58k folks in Nova Scotia waited over 4.3 weeks to see their doc. Take look. It's all online.
Median waiting times for specialized services, by type of service, household population aged 15 and over, Canada, provinces and territories, occasional
Survey or program details:
Canadian Community Health Survey - 3226
Health Services Access Survey - 5002
Type of specialized service2,3,4=Non-emergency surgeries6
Median waiting times for specialized services, occasional Characteristics8,9,10,11,12 2007
Number of persons 58,391
Low 95% confidence interval, number of persons 49,278
High 95% confidence interval, number of persons 67,505
Median waiting time, weeks 4.3