A new report done by the Montreal Economic Institute indicates that hospital wait times have been drastically increasing in Montreal.\nIn addition, the report indicates that there are also... fewer patients and less emergency room visits...\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nA report from La Presse earlier this summer showed that Montreal emergency room times are steadily improving overall. Their study evaluated the average length of stay and found that hospital times were decreasing.\nBut the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) instead evaluated the median length of stay and found that wait times were in fact drastically increasing despite record low patient numbers.\nEmergency room wait times fluctuate depending on how you look at them. The MEI reports that "the median length of stay for patients on stretchers increased by 14 minutes (to 9.4 hours), erasing a good part of last year’s reduction. It increased by two minutes (to 3.3 hours) for ambulatory patients, and by five minutes (to 4.6 hours) for all patients combined". For patients waiting around in the ER, minutes could mean life and death.\nThe report continues that "in many Quebec hospitals, especially in Montreal and in the neighbouring communities to the north and south, stays of ten or twelve hours for an infection or minor injury are not uncommon".\nIf you've lived in the province for any amount of time and have visited the ER, you know this all too well.\nMEI evaluates wait times using the median rather than the average because according to them, "it is less influenced by the extremes and more representative of patients’ experience".\nThe chart below shows the variances between the 2017-2018 fiscal year and the 2018-2019 fiscal year when measuring the median length of stay.\n🤔Des centaines de millions en financement de plus🥳Des visites en moins aux urgences de la province😲Des temps d'attente qui augmentent malgré tout!Pour en savoir plus : https://t.co/8fLWVhaQ0l #polqc #AssNat @Patrickdery @MinistreMcCann pic.twitter.com/6XqPsu4yn5— IEDM - MEI (@iedm_montreal) August 21, 2019\nTranslation: Hundreds of millions more in funding, less emergency room visits in the province, wait times increase despite it all!\nAs you can see, there was a 1.7% decrease in patient volume in the year and the number of urgent patients continues to fall (except for people 75 and older), according to the MEI report.\nREAD ALSO: We Spoke To A Montreal Plastic Surgeon About The Biggest Surgery Trends In The City\nThe report claims that "the public administration of hospitals seems to have reached its limits, and our health care system’s chronic problems seem to have worsened".\nFrom a Montrealer's perspective, this might indeed seem like the case for all ER visits. The author of the report, Patrick Déry does offer some solutions to this problem.\nView this post on Instagram Walking into the #Emergency Department is like walking into another dimension. Everything is dealt with differently, and seen through a unique lens. 🏥🙌🏽 The Royal Victoria Hospital ED team works tirelessly at saving lives, and each shift poses its unique challenges. Shout out to our amazing #nurses and staff for their incredible work! #MyMUHC ________________ Entrer dans le service des #urgences, c'est comme entrer dans une autre dimension. Tout est traité différemment et vu à travers une lentille unique.🏥🙌🏽 L'équipe des services d'urgence de l’Hôpital Royal Victoria s'efforce sans relâche de sauver des vies et chaque équipe de travail rencontre des défis uniques. Bravo à nos incroyables #infirmières et à tout le personnel #infirmier pour leur travail incroyable! #MonCUSM A post shared by CUSM | MUHC (@cusm_muhc) on Jun 12, 2019 at 8:41am PDT\nHe suggests that Montreal hospitals start to privatize services. Déry suggests that private, for-profit hospitals can work in concert with universal healthcare. He cites Europe as an excellent example of the harmony that exists between privatized hospitals and a public system.\nView this post on Instagram L’ancien et le moderne. La santé et l’intelligence artificielle. #chum #health #sante #ia #ai #montreal #gouvqc #architecture A post shared by Martine rioux (@riomarti) on Aug 14, 2019 at 8:04pm PDT\nQuebec does have some hospitals that are private and wait times at those institutions in comparison to public ones is like night and day according to the report.\nView this post on Instagram Question existentielle du mardi après-midi ! Vous aussi vous avez remarqué que sur les vieilles chaises en plastique quand il fait 45 degrés on attend longtemps, et sur les bons fauteuils moelleux à côté de la jolie orchidée qui sent bon on n’attend même pas 1 minute ? 😉 . . . #salledattente #vismavie #illustration #illustratrice #chezledocteur #viedepatient #instapatients #questionexistentielle A post shared by Chloé - Chroniques Invisibles (@chloeinvisible) on Jun 18, 2019 at 9:46am PDT\nWhether privatization or complete systematic hospital reform is the solution, ER patients in Montreal continue to suffer from astronomical wait times. It's been a problem in this province for as long as there's been universal healthcare.\nLike many problems in this province, the solutions are never easy. Just don't be surprised next time you experience longer than usual wait times in a Montreal ER.\nTo read the full report, head to the MEI webpage here.