OTTAWA, April 8 /CNW/ - One in five (20 per cent) British Columbians
would be very likely to change his or her vote if the party they
currently support fails to present a plan for the future of health
care, a Nanos Research public opinion poll conducted for the Canadian
Medical Association (CMA) indicates.
"Our polls show that across Canada a core set of voters will mark their
ballots based on how parties address the issue of health care," said
CMA President Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull after the BC poll was released.
"It's clear that any party that fails to address this priority is
following a risky ballot box strategy."
British Columbians surveyed said health care (35 per cent) trumps the
economy and jobs (25 per cent) as their top issue for the federal
election. The environment came in third at 16.2 per cent. Almost
two-thirds of respondents indicated the federal government's role as
custodian of the Canada Health Act is very important.
Three in four (74.5 per cent) believe it is very important that party
leaders present their plan to ensure that Canadians have a sustainable
health care system that meets patient needs, and seven in 10 (71.2 per
cent) think it's very important in the context of the election that the
party leaders be willing to address the health care challenges facing
"There is no doubt health care is a priority for voters, and Canada's
doctors will seize every opportunity to remind politicians that this
election should be about the priorities of Canadians," Turnbull said.
"We, as well other health care professionals, are ready to work with
all parties to build a better health care system for future
The CMA president noted that, with the current
federal-provincial/territorial accord on health care funding set to
expire in 2014, the government Canadians choose May 2 will likely be
the one to negotiate the next deal. In advance of the next accord, the
CMA has been calling for transformative change to the health care
system. It has also been consulting directly with Canadians, both
online at www.healthcaretransformation.ca and through a series of public town hall meetings.
The Nanos Research poll of 1,202 British Columbians was carried out
between April 1 and April 5.
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian
physicians. Founded in 1867, CMA's mission is to serve and unite the
physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with
the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health
care. The CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing
over 74,000 of Canada's physicians and uniting at the national level
the voices of 12 provincial and territorial medical associations.
SOURCE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
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