Over 14,000 Canadians Died While on Medical Waiting Lists From 2021–2022: ReportMarch 7, 2023: Updated March 7, 2023
(For those who believe the US need socialized medicine)
[/size]More than 14,000 Canadians died on a waiting list for surgeries or diagnostic scans between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, according to a new report.
The report, published on March 2 by the non-profit think tank SecondStreet.org, cited government data from Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba, that said a total of 14,057 Canadians died during the 2021-2022 time frame.
The data indicate that the cases include a wide array of required medical services–everything from hip operations and heart surgery to CT and MRI scans. Before dying on a waiting list, patients had waited anywhere from less than a month to over eight years. Many died after waiting longer than the recommended wait time, according to the report.
“The pandemic made a bad situation worse, but Canadians should know this was a growing problem well before COVID arrived,” said SecondStreet.org President Colin Craig in a news release on March 2.
Each year, SecondStreet.org files freedom of information requests nationwide with health regions and provincial health bodies, and obtains data on the number of patients who are removed from waiting lists for surgery, diagnostic scans, and appointments with specialists due to death. The organization also tracks how many patients are on wait lists overall.
Some provinces extensively track and collect wait-time statistics, while some provinces collect very little, or none at all, said SecondStreet.org.
“With the exception of the province of Nova Scotia, provincial governments and their respective health bodies do not break down the number of patient deaths potentially linked to the state taking too long to provide needed services,” said Craig. “Oddly, governments across Canada routinely require businesses to detail even the most minor workplace injuries such as accidents where employees are &highlight=incidents]bruised as a result. If this is something businesses must track, why can’t the government tell us how many patients are dying due to long waiting lists?” he added. In December 2022, the organization said data showed waiting list deaths were at a four-year high since it began tracking the information in 2018-2019, and that surgical waiting list deaths were up more than 24 percent over the past four years.
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