In Nova Scotia,
as of 2017, it takes an average of 37.7 weeks from the time a general
practitioner refers a patient to a specialist, until they receive treatment (Fraser, 2017). These wait times continue to grow each
year. Delayed health care access increases suffering time and deterioration
of disease processes to potentially irreversible states. This increases risk
for adverse events and chronic conditions that could have been avoided. In
addition, sustained waiting can cause emotional, financial and familial strain,
which impacts quality of life (Reducing Wait times for
health care). This can lead