Alberta's walk-in clinic wait times are shorter than any other province

Dec 12 2019, 3:58 pm

Albertans hoping for some medical assistance may be watching the clock tick by for a while — depending on what part of the province they’re in.

The Medimap Clinic Wait Time Index has provided some insight into how long Canadians are waiting to see a doctor, stating that the data is “the first of its kind” and captures a snapshot of walk-in clinic wait times and capacity data.

The results are based on Medimap data collected between November 1, 2018, and October 31, 2019.

Alberta actually placed at the top for short(ish) wait times on average, with a usual wait of just 23 minutes to see a doctor. Ontario came in right after at 25 minutes, Manitoba at 29, Saskatchewan at 37, BC at 50, and Nova Scotia in dead last at a whopping 69 minutes.

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However, that doesn’t mean that walk-in service will be speedy for all Albertans, as Morinville, Alberta, actually landed in fourth for longest average wait times for Canadian cities at just over an hour and a half:

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A few other places in Alberta see over twice the average provincial wait time of 23 minutes, including Lacombe, Red Deer, and Grande Prairie.

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So yeah, we’d suggest bringing a book (or at least making sure your phone is fully charged) before heading in to a walk-in clinic at any of the above Albertan cities and towns.