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  • Writer's pictureFraser Institute

Highest in Spending, Last in Surgical Wait Times

A recent study by the Fraser Institute, a non-partisan Canadian think tank, reveals concerning statistics about Canada’s health care system in comparison to other high-income countries with universal health care.

The study, titled “Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2023,” indicates that Canada lags significantly in several key areas, including the availability of doctors, hospital beds, and medical technologies, as well as in patient wait times.

According to the latest data, Canada ranks poorly in the number of doctors available, placing 28th out of 30 countries, with only 2.8 doctors per 1,000 people.

In terms of hospital beds, Canada’s performance is also below average, ranking 23rd out of 29 for somatic care beds (beds dedicated to physical care) with 2.3 per 1,000 people, and similarly 23rd out of 29 for psychiatric beds, at 0.38 per 1,000 people.


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