Save Your Skin Foundation Survey

Canadians are generally proud of our universal health care system, but it is clear to Save Your Skin Foundation (SYSF) and other patient groups that more needs to be done. People across Canada continue to struggle to access the health care that they need. Shockingly, for example, SYSF has seen people forced to sell everything to get proper cancer care in Canada. This has to change.
 
In light of the upcoming federal election, SYSF commissioned research by Nanos Research to better understand the views of people across Canada around federal health priorities.
 
Download the full survey package (pdf).
 
A telephone and online random survey of 1,000 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, was conducted between March 29th and April 1st, 2019 as part of an omnibus survey. The results were statistically checked, weighted by age and gender and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada.
 
The results provide a snapshot of priorities for people in Canada and support the need for a comprehensive health care strategy in Canada. Such a strategy must cover the continuum of care from prevention, to treatment, to palliative and end of life care with specific plans for fast growing groups including seniors, cancer survivors, and people living with chronic conditions, all of which are linked to resource allocation and appropriate use and affordability.
 
It is time for the leaders of each of the federal Parties to prioritize the needs of patients, and announce their commitments that will help to keep people in Canada healthy.

Survey Summary

Nearly nine in ten Canadians rate spending more tax dollars so that funding is available for seniors to access the care they need in the last years of their life as a high or medium priority

Asked to rate the priority of spending more tax dollars so that funding is available for seniors to access the care they need in the last years of their life, while thinking of all the priorities the government of Canada has, nearly nine in ten Canadians say it is a high priority (55%) or a medium priority (34%), while less than one in ten say it is a low priority (six per cent) or not a priority (one per cent). Four per cent are unsure.

Seven in ten Canadians rate spending more tax dollars to fight cancer as a high or medium priority

Asked to rate the priority of spending more tax dollars to fight cancer while thinking of all the priorities the government of Canada has, over seven in ten Canadians rate it as a medium (42%) or high priority (30%). Just under one in four rate is as a low priority (17%) or not a priority (six per cent). Five per cent are unsure.

Close to nine in ten Canadians rate spending more tax dollars to make sure that as our health care needs grow, the government transfers for health care to the provinces grow as a high or medium priority

Asked to rate the priority of spending more tax dollars to make sure that as our health care needs grow, the government transfers for health care to the provinces grow while thinking of all the priorities the government of Canada has, close to nine in ten Canadians rate it as a high priority (55%) or a medium priority (32%) and under one in ten rate it as a low priority (six per cent). Two per cent say it is not a priority and five per cent are unsure.

Eight in ten Canadians rate spending more tax dollars so that Canadians can have better access to prescription medicines as a high or medium priority

Asked to rate the priority of spending more tax dollars so that Canadians can have better access to prescription medicines, while thinking of all the priorities the government of Canada has, just over eight in ten rate it as a high priority (41%) or a medium priority (40%). Just over one in ten rate it as a low priority (11%) and four per cent say it is not a priority. Four per cent are unsure.

One in two Canadians say they would prefer a nationally managed federal program if the federal government introduces a new Pharmacare program

Asked what they would prefer if the federal government introduces a new Pharmacare program, one in two (50%) say they prefer a nationally managed federal program, while just under four in ten (39%) say they prefer that the federal government transfer money to the provinces/territories so they can each improve their existing drug programs. Twelve per cent are unsure. Quebec residents are most likely to say they would prefer that the federal government transfer money to the provinces/territories so they can each improve their existing drug programs (58%) and least likely to say they would prefer a nationally managed federal program (35%), while residents of the Atlantic region are most likely to say they would prefer a nationally managed federal program (70%) and least likely to say they would prefer that the federal government transfer money to the provinces/territories so they can each improve their existing drug programs (17 %).

Survey Questions and Results

Rating spending on healthcare as a priority for the Government of Canada

Spending more tax dollars on funding for senior care

Spending more tax dollars to fight cancer

Spending more tax dollars for the growth of government transfers to the provinces

Spending more tax dollars for better access to prescription medicines

Preference for the management of Pharmacare

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