Monday, February 18, 2013

Canadians See Increased Private Delivery of Healthcare Delivery as a Threat to Public Medicare

I loathe opinion polls, but
Here is a good article to read:
Canadians See Increased Private Delivery of Healthcare Delivery as a Threat to Public Medicare

Ottawa, January 21, 2013 – Additional private delivery of health services is seen as a threat rather than a complement to the public system in Canada, according to a survey conducted by EKOS Research Associates for The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care.
  • Three in five Canadians felt that increased private delivery of health care services would weaken the public system.
  • Support for increased private delivery was highest in Alberta and lowest in Eastern and Central Canada.
  • Support for increased private delivery of health care rises with income.
  • Support for some private delivery of health services was higher among men than women and gained support among respondents with higher incomes. While only 25 per cent of respondents making $20,000 or less supported increased private delivery, 43 per cent of those making $100,000 or more approved of it.
  • The survey found little support for the idea that individuals should be allowed to pay extra for quicker access to health care services – 57 per cent disagreed, while only 32 per cent of respondents agreed with this idea.
    Other findings from the survey, which was conducted in April and May 2012 by EKOS Research Associates, found that:
    • Canadians place a great deal of importance on a public health care system, with nine in ten (89 per cent) saying access to such a system is important, and only five per cent placing little importance on publicly-funded health care;
    • Fully seven in ten (72 per cent) agree that a two-tiered health care system exists;
    • Seven in ten (69 per cent) believe Canadian health care is becoming more two-tiered, and only three per cent believe it is becoming less two-tiered.

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