Healthcare is Top Priority for Canadians

Healthcare has been a top issue among Canadians for decades. While it has been wrestled from its perch at times by sporadic issues of the day, healthcare always returns to be a primary focus for Canadians.

Our February edition of Public Perspectives features detailed findings from a recent poll about healthcare conducted by the Ipsos Health Policy Institute. The report explores issues associated with access to healthcare and Canadians’ experiences with the healthcare system.

When asked about access to healthcare services compared to five years ago, 54% (+4 Net Change) of Canadians reported perceiving change in overall access to healthcare for better or worse.  Regionally, the Prairies (53%, +15 Net Change) and Ontario (55%, +11 Net Change) lead the pack in terms of perceiving improvement in access to healthcare overall.

Taking a closer look at experience with the healthcare system, Canadians who have accessed the system through a doctor perceive a net improvement compared to five years ago on many elements of their experience including “better information shared with me” (41%, +19 Net Change) and “more options given to me for treatment” (39%, +15 Net Change).

Public Perspectives is a monthly subscription report produced by Canadian Public Affairs which features Canadians’ assessment of their national and local economies, their personal finances and their issue concerns. Data for this report were taken from Ipsos Global @dvisor, a survey conducted monthly in 24 countries around the world via Ipsos’ Online Panel system. To learn more about Ipsos Global @dvisor, please click here.