Health Care Wait Times by Country

One metric that can be easily compared across countries is health care wait times, compared to costs which can be difficult to compare different currencies, taxes, and social programs. One factor that is not often taken into consideration is whether a country has socialized healthcare or whether a country has a market based healthcare system.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found wait times for general practitioner and specialist consultations can vary up to two-fold by country and wait times for elective surgery can be as much as ten-fold higher. OECD found long wait times can lead people to put off on receiving care, worsen outcomes, and lead to inequalities in access. To try and lower wait times, OECD suggests setting targets for when patients receive care, increasing opening hours, and using technology to increase access for patients.

With population increases in some states that have some form of universal healthcare and underinvesting in health care, due to austerity measures, wait times can increase as a result due to the system being overrun and unable to operate efficiently. 

Learn for yourself about healthcare wait times by country in the map and charts.

Healthcare Waiting Times by Country

Australia - Healthcare Waiting Times

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14%

#7 in the World

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80.2

#18 in the World

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75.2

#21 in the World

Canada - Healthcare Waiting Times

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33%

#1 in the World

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78.4

#31 in the World

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71.3

#34 in the World

France - Healthcare Waiting Times

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14%

#8 in the World

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80.5

#21 in the World

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80.4

#9 in the World

Germany - Healthcare Waiting Times

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13%

#9 in the World

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81.1

#12 in the World

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81.1

#6 in the World

Netherlands - Healthcare Waiting Times

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13%

#10 in the World

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82.2

#8 in the World

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77.3

#16 in the World

New Zealand - Healthcare Waiting Times

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17%

#6 in the World

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79.7

#29 in the World

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73.4

#29 in the World

Norway - Healthcare Waiting Times

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22%

#4 in the World

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84

#3 in the World

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82.2

#4 in the World

Sweden - Healthcare Waiting Times

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24%

#3 in the World

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82.1

#10 in the World

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83.1

#3 in the World

Switzerland - Healthcare Waiting Times

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12%

#11 in the World

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81.5

#17 in the World

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82.4

#5 in the World

United Kingdom - Healthcare Waiting Times

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21%

#5 in the World

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78.8

#34 in the World

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77.7

#17 in the World

United States of America - Healthcare Waiting Times

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28%

#2 in the World

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73.9

#76 in the World

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72.7

#33 in the World