Figure 1: : A Comparison of Wait Times for Specialists and Family Physicians, Canada

Canadians continue to wait for care


Mean wait time presented for specialist, median presented for family physician.

Family physician wait time reflects adults who needed routine or ongoing care.

Family physician data for adults age 18 or older; specialist information for those age 15 or older.


Canadian Institute for Health Information and Statistics Canada. Canadian Survey of Experiences With Primary Care. 2008.

Health Canada. Healthy Canadians—A Federal Report on Comparable Health Indicators 2010–2011.

Statistics Canada. Access to Health Care Services in Canada. 2006.