Canadians Agree That A Patient Wait Time Guarantee Is The Most Important Priority For Canada’s New Government

A Majority Of Canadians Want The CMA To Take The Lead On Wait Times And Health Human Resources

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Ottawa, ON –According to an Ipsos Reid survey among the general public, a majority of Canadian adults rank a patient wait times guarantee as more important than any other of the Government’s priorities. Of the five policy promises made by the Government of Canada during the last federal election, 42% of Canadians said that “a patient wait time guarantee that would reduce wait times for key health services” was the most important to them personally. This compares to lowering taxes (19%), restoring accountability to Ottawa (14%), tackling crime (14%), and implementing a choice in childcare program (9%).

Furthermore, Canadians say they want the CMA to take the lead in several important issues, chief among these being “issues such as lengthy wait times for medical care” – almost nine in ten (86%) strongly or somewhat agree that the CMA should take the lead in this area. Almost as many adults surveyed also support the CMA in taking the lead on improving access to physicians and other health professionals (86% strongly or somewhat agree). Least popular for the CMA is a lead role in determining the public and private sector responsibilities in de-livering health care; however, a clear majority still agree that the CMA should take the lead on this issue (72% strongly or somewhat agree).

Canadians also trust the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to act in the interests of patients. More than two-thirds (74%) of adults surveyed strongly or somewhat agree that they “trust the CMA to do what is best for patients”. This number is slightly higher in Quebec (78%) and among those who have completed high school (82%).

The general public data in this study are the findings of an Ipsos-Reid/Canadian Medical Association poll conducted between November 7th and November 16th, 2006. The survey included 1,1001 randomly chosen individuals. For a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate to within ±3.1%, 19 times out of 20, compared to what they would have been had the entire Canadian population over the age of 18 years been polled. The margin of error is larger within regions, and for other sub-groupings of the survey population. These data were weighted to ensure the sample’s regional, age and gender composition reflects that of the actual Canadian population according to the 2001 Census data.

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Canadians Agree That A Patient Wait Time Guarantee Is The Most Important Priority For Canada’s New Government


Mike Colledge
President / Président, Canada
Ipsos Public Affairs
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