Concerns About the Future
Canadians' high level of support for healthcare reform is matched by their concerns over the future of health.There has been a 50% drop in the proportion of Canadians who believe their provincial government and the federal government are doing an excellent or good job ensuring Canadians get good healthcare.
Moreover, only one in 10 Canadians is very confident their provincial governments will be able to provide good quality healthcare five years from now.
Canadians are looking outside the loop for information and health products
At the same time as more Canadians become dissatisfied and
concerned about health they are becoming restless and
defiant,moving outside the loop.
- 75% of Canadians have used one or more natural health products
in the previous six months, up from 60% in 1998, and most of them
do not tell their physicians about it.
- The proportion of Canadians using naturopaths and herbalists
has tripled from 1% for each in 1993 to 3% for each.
- Between 2000 and 2001, the proportion of Canadians using the
Internet for health-related purposes in the previous month has
increased from about one in five to one in three.
- Three out of four of these Internet users for health-related
purposes did not discuss Internet information with their physician
during their last visit, and most of these people have never
discussed Internet information on health with their
- Between 2000 and 2001, the proportion of Canadians buying
health products and advice over the Internet in the previous month
has soared from 5% of these healthrelated Internet users to
- In this time, the proportion who bought prescription medication over the Internet in the previous month has gone from a percentage too small to measure to 3% of users of the Internet for health-related purposes.
These and other findings indicate that Canadians are moving outside the loop for information and services, and that their concerns and behaviour are affecting their interactions with mainstream healthcare.
AcknowledgmentData supplied by The Berger Population Health Monitor; surveys were administered to ±2,500 respondents 15 years of age and older.
Topics in The Berger Population Health Monitor, which continues the Canada Health Monitor, are selected in consultation with subscribers and The Hay Healthcare Consulting Group. For more information contact, Earl Berger,Managing Director of The Monitor, 416-815-6405 or e-mail: Earl_Berger@haygroup.com
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