Canadians' Values and Attitudes on Canada’s Health Care System: A Synthesis of Survey Results

The Conference Board of Canada, 38 pages, January 5, 2001
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Canadians’ confidence in their health care system as a whole has been dropping. An international comparative survey found that the percentage of Canadians who believed only minor changes were required to the health care system dropped from 56 in 1988 to 20 in 1998, while the percentage who agreed the system needed to be completely rebuilt jumped from 5 in 1988 to 23 in 1998.

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As witnessed in the last federal election, health care has become Canadians’ top national priority. This is largely due to the belief by many—almost 80 per cent of Canadians, according to a 2000 Angus Reid poll—that the system is in crisis.

The second in a series of reports, this report deals specifically with Canadians’ values and attitudes as they relate to Canada’s health care system. While Canadians support increasing health care funding by governments, they want spending to be efficient, effective and accountable. There is very little public support for raising taxes to finance increases in health care budgets.

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