2 of 3 Canadians concerned Canada’s health care system falling behind other countries

Health care [37%] is nuzzling unemployment and jobs [38%] as the top concern of Canadians with 64% worried that our health care system, i.e., Medicare, is falling behind other countries, according to an Ipsos survey June 6, 2016 survey, released at the National Health Leadership Conference [NHLC], the Canadian Healthcare Network [CHN] reports. http://bit.ly/25OkakS

In a news release, Ipsos reports perceptions are slightly up that Medicare, has improved. Many Canadians, however, worry about the risk of infection in hospitals and health care facilities [70%], falling through the cracks [68%] and Medicare falling behind other countries [64%]. Indeed, 43% “have friends/family who have looked into health care services outside of their province.”

Ipsos found: “Those most concerned are those with the most first-hand experience,” notably informal caregivers [Canadians caring for an adult loved one] and Canadians suffering from a chronic condition.” On a regional basis, “it’s residents of Quebec who worry most.”

“It is perhaps no surprise, however, that seniors’ and home care are centre stage,” according to the CHN report. “The worry level increases with age and economic insecurity.” Ipsos found 84% feel home care is unaffordable and 85% are concerned about access to quality home/long-term care.

The complete Ipsos survey results are on its website http://bit.ly/1OaPTot

It was commissioned by HealthCareCAN and the National Health Leadership Conference, where the findings were presented.There are no Alberta or Saskatchewan members on the HealthCareCAN board of directors. Its members are hospital and  regional health authorities across the country — all players in the public sector.

The survey questions reflect a status quo, Medicare-monopoly future. For example:

  • Q. 32 “Finding new ways to deliver health is the only way that Canadian governments are going to be able to keep with with the growing demand for health care.”
  • Q. 45 “The health care system needs to provide the tools and resources …”
  • Q. 46 “Governments need to do more to help seniors and their family caregivers …”
  • Q. 48 “The health care system needs to do a better job …”

HealthCareCAN and NHLC are to be congratulated for commissioning the survey and making the findings public. Its valuable information as we strive provide Canadians with timely access to quality care. Re Q. 32, “finding new ways to deliver health care” must recognize the talents, experience, expertise, innovation and entrepreneurship of the private sector.

 

 

Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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