New national poll reinforces Canadians' resolve to stay the course in
health and medical research
OTTAWA, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - An overwhelming majority of Canadians (74%)
reject the idea of federal cuts to health research in the upcoming 2012
Federal Budget. Most Canadians think that the federal government
should maintain (45%) or increase (30%) funding for health and medical
Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery asked Angus Reid
Public Opinion to conduct a public opinion survey of 1,000 Canadian
adults to gauge the importance Canadians place on health research in
the context of Canada's current economic challenges and in advance of
Federal Budget 2012. The survey updates selected results from the
landmark Research Canada 2006 survey.
"Canada Speaks! 2012 shows that Canadians see health and medical research as an engine for
economic growth," stated Mr. Jacques Hendlisz, Chair of Research
Canada. "A majority of Canadians (78%) still hold the view that health
and medical research makes an important contribution to the Canadian
economy: a finding similar to that from 2006."
"Nearly half (45%) of Canadians think that federal investments in health
and medical research help to create jobs for Canadians, with agreement
particularly high in Alberta (56%) and Atlantic Canada (53%)," added
Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO of Research Canada.
"Canadians also agree that job creation, while an important benefit of
health and medical research is not necessarily the only or most
significant benefit. Canadians see benefits to the Canadian economy in
a variety of ways - especially with respect to increasing innovation
and new technologies and strengthening the marketability of Canadian
medical advances," she added.
92% of Canadians think that health and medical research increases
innovation and new technologies.
87% believe that health and medical research makes more health and
84% of Canadians believe health and medical research creates more jobs.
Dr. Marla Shapiro, a Research Canada Board Director, was impressed with
the results. "Canadians are telling us that health research is an
important way out of increasing health care costs," she stated. In
fact, a majority (54%) said that health and medical research is part of
the solution and not part of the problem when it comes to controlling
the cost of health care in Canada.
The full results of the Canada Speaks! 2012 survey can be found at http://www.rc-rc.ca/advocacy/canada-speaks-2012
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SOURCE Research Canada: An Alliance for Health Discovery
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Ms. Ranjana Chopra
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Ms. Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety,
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