VICTORIA, BC, Jan. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - A new public opinion poll shows
Canadians overwhelmingly agree that governments should adopt principles
to make the health care system more centred on the needs of patients.
The poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid for the CMA, found that 96 per cent of
Canadians asked either strongly (69 per cent) or somewhat (27 per cent)
agreed that they would encourage their premier to adopt the principles
developed by the Canadian Nurses Association and the CMA to guide
efforts to transform Canada's health care system.
"Canadians are saying clearly that the principles developed by Canada's
doctors and nurses and endorsed by over 70 medical, health and patient
organizations provide the direction needed to advance health care
transformation," said Dr. John Haggie, President of the CMA. "By
endorsing these principles at the Council of the Federation meeting in
Victoria, Canada's premiers can chart a course toward ensuring
Canadians have the best health and health care system in the world."
A vast majority of Canadians (92 per cent) also strongly or somewhat
agree that we need national standards for health care, while 81 per
cent are worried that without national standards, Canadians will have
different levels of care depending on where they live.
The poll also found that 96 per cent of respondents would be more
confident in the outcome of the effort to transform the health care
system if physicians, nurses and representatives of patient groups were
involved in the development of a plan.
"Premiers need not feel they're in this alone," added Dr. Haggie. "Among
patient groups, health care providers and grassroots Canadians from one
end of the county to the other, there's a tremendous groundswell of
support for transforming health care to make it focused on the needs of
Almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of those polled believe that the
federal and provincial governments share responsibility for health
care. At the same time, 97 per cent indicate that the federal
government's responsibility for the Canada Health Act, which ensures
equal access and portability across the country, is very or somewhat
The poll results are based on a nationally representative sample of
1,000 Canadians 18 and older, contacted by telephone January 4-9, 2012.
A sample of this size has an associated margin of error of plus or
minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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 75,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and
territorial medical associations and 51 national medical organizations.
SOURCE CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
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