A common scene in Canadian hospitals with patients waiting in corridors, A new survey finds many older Canadians have difficulty accessing our universal health care system, including lengthy wait times, and sometimes with no family doctor ( Paul Chiasson- CP)

Health care for seniors: possible election issue


Canadians love to vaunt the fact of our universal health care system.

A new survey though shows that for many Canadians accessing the system is not quite what is often vaunted.

While a majority indicated easy or moderate access to health care (to doctors, clinics, specialists etc.) the non-profit Angus Reid Institute survey recently found that some two million senior Canadians have had problems with the system.

The survey found one fifth of those aged 55 or older either couldn’t find a family doctor, or experienced long wait times for surgery or diagnostic tests or access to specialists,

Indeed the survey found most of those in this age group have some problem in getting the care needed in a timely fashion.

Twice as many respondents feel that health care in their province has deteriorated than feel that is has improved.

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3 comments on “Health care for seniors: possible election issue
  1. Avatar Lucy Luna says:

    I live in Abbotsford and I have a family doctor but he does not care about patients he never speaks he just walks in the room and ask what you want? He is the doctor he should know better. If I get lucky sometimes I see another doctor I get a change of the dosis of my meds based on the symtoms I had compained for two years to my doctor and the tragedy is that under this health system I am not allowed to change doctors and to consult a second opinion. I am trap and I feer trap.

  2. Avatar David Oliver says:

    The biggest problem in BC is the shortage of family doctors. Our last two left the region due to overwork and failure of the College of Surgeons to certify experienced doctors coming to Canada from other countries. We have been without a doctor for two years, just as we really need one. A clinic doctor we saw recently stated that he had over 4000 patients at his family practice.

  3. Avatar John Nyffenegger says:

    I have found that, due to the influx of emigrants in the medical clinics as well as the Health clinics there has been an increase of clients which does increase waiting times for the citizens who have worked so hard in their working years to make this system better, but, instead the problem has increased rather than getting better due to our Federal Liberal politics at this time.