Waiting times for certain tests and surgery are thrown about and highlighted or trashed, but rarely is any data offered. Here is the 2008 Fraser Institute report "Waiting Your Turn", which provides a comprehensive look at the numbers. Take a look at it, some of the best graphs of the overall effects are on pages 57 and 58.
Highlights of the report include an average 8.5 week wait from referral to seeing a specialist, and another 8.7 weeks to receive the treatment recommended by that consultant. One of the shortest waits was medical oncology (think chemotherapy) which was 4.6 weeks from referral to treatment. Overall the wait times nearly doubled compared to 1993 (referral to treatment went from 9.3 weeks to 17.2 weeks in 2008).
One can well argue whether these waiting times are medically significant or not, whether this person or that person might have "had an untoward outcome" as a result.
My point instead is that Canada's medical system is not the health care nirvana that some claim. Canada has rationing by an ever lengthening queue.
No national health care system can afford to pay for everything, for everyone, always. All the handwaving about 'efficiencies' and EMRs will not conjure enough cash to prevent rationing, whether open or covert.