"British Columbia use to actually do a little bit better than the national average for several years, often amongst the top 3 when it came to wait times, which again is not saying much because in Canada in general wait times are so long that even if you're its really not a great situation".
The survey also analyzed different types of procedures and found that orthopaedic surgery (41.7 weeks) and neurosurgery (32.9 weeks) had the longest times.
"Long wait times are not a trivial matter - they can increase suffering for patients, decrease quality of life, and in the worst cases, lead to disability or death", study author Bacchus Barua said in a statement. New Brunswick had the longest median wait times in Canada, at 41.7 weeks, followed by Nova Scotia (37.7 weeks) and P.E.I.
The problem appears to be focused on the Atlantic provinces.
"This has been a continual issue with the Fraser Institute study", he said.
The study, which surveys doctors across the country, looks at wait times across 12 medical specialties.
Between 2012 and 2016, wait times for hip and knee replacements remained relatively stable, whereas wait times increased for cataract removal and decreased for hip fracture fix, the report says. It says this year's wait time is more than double that of 1993, when it was 9.3 weeks.
The Fraser Institute survey was sent to more than 11,800 specialist physicians and about 21 per cent responded.
The ministry also has an online tool that allows patients to find out the wait times for specific services at individual hospitals.
Median wait times for medical procedures, according to the Fraser Institute study.
New Brunswick collects surgical wait time data and makes it available on a website, said Bruce Macfarlane, a provincial health department spokesman.
Ontario's government will invest $1.3 billion in additional funding over the next three years to reduce wait times, said David Jensen, a health ministry spokesman.
Health Canada spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau said Canada continues to perform well on median wait times for priority procedures compared to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.
However, the research also cautions that surgical demand continues to increase and jurisdictions will be challenged to meet benchmarks, Jarbeau said.