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