Fraser Institute's wait-time survey: Does it still count if most doctors ignored it?

Date: December 8, 2016 Author: ocsco Categories: OCSCO News

Only around 20% of doctors responded to questionnaire

Excerpt from CBC News by Kelly Crowe, 

Fill out this survey and have a chance to win $2,000 — that's the annual enticement from the Fraser Institute, an offer made to thousands of doctors whose names appeared on a mailing list.

But it wasn't tempting enough to get doctors to participate.

No medical oncologists in Saskatchewan, Manitoba or New Brunswick took the bait.  

Zero responses came back from radiation oncologists in New Brunswick or from cardiovascular surgeons in Manitoba. 

Not a single plastic surgeon in Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland answered the questionnaire.

Across Canada, just seven per cent of psychiatrists on the list bothered to answer the short survey asking them to estimate how long their patients are waiting for care.

The Fraser Institute is a think-tank that has long advocated for more private-sector options in the Canadian health-care system.

Every year for more than two decades it has published a gloomy report about wait times for health care. This year's came out on Wednesday.

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