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Canadians will make health care a ballot issue, new CMA survey

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM

As we enter the last week of this federal election, a new survey conducted on behalf of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) confirms that a bold commitment to health care will win voters' support.

Once considered a source of national pride, Canada's health care system is the number one area in Canadians' minds requiring federal investment (24%), surpassing the economy (22%) and affordable housing (21%). Climate change and management of the pandemic follow closely, making it clear that voters value good health, employment and housing, while recognizing that climate change and the pandemic have been, and will continue to be, disruptors that must be managed and mitigated.

"Voters are sending a very strong message to political parties and candidates – they expect federal commitments to fix our health care system," says Dr. Katharine Smart, CMA president. "It's time to step up and take a leadership position. Canadians are ready to support you."

More than 90% of Canadians agree that federal investments in health care are needed to improve the systems, along with additional support and investments for health workers, better collaboration between provinces and the federal government.

Other key findings:

- 6 out of 10 respondents stated that the political party that prioritizes the health of all Canadians will earn their vote;
- 89% of respondents agree long-term care needs to be fixed for seniors/seniors deserve better long-term care;
- 87% of respondents agree that supporting health care workers will improve access to care and ensure quality of care;
- 76% of respondents agree the federal government must prepare for the next pandemic;
- 75% of respondents agree that addressing climate change will ensure better health for all Canadians, particularly future generations; and
- 66% of respondents agree that reconciliation with Indigenous peoples will improve their health and health outcomes.

The survey was conducted by Abacus Data with 2,000 Canadian adults eligible to vote from September 3 to 6, 2021.

SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association