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Canadians say wait times, red tape are main Health Care concerns: poll

Last Updated Jan 30, 2019 at 12:38 pm PDT

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Wait times and red tape are among the main health care concerns for Canadians

A shortage of doctors and nurses is third on the list, according to a poll from Research Co.

But 4 in 5 Canadians say they're confident they will get assistance if they ever need it unexpectedly

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Canadians have identified wait times and red tape as the two biggest problems facing our health care system, according to a new poll.

Although most Canadians are confident that medical services will be available to them if they were to need them unexpectedly, the Research Co. poll found 60 per cent believe that despite there being some good things, many changes are required.

Thirty-three per cent of Canadians identified long wait times as the biggest problem facing the health care system, while one-in-four mentioned bureaucracy and poor management.

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A shortage of doctors and nurses also made the top three list, followed by little focus on preventative care.

The poll also found Canadians aged 55 and over were more likely to express confidence in the health system versus those aged 18-34 or 35-54. However, 13 per cent of Canadians believe the health care system has so much wrong with it that it should be completely rebuilt instead.

Despite the concerns, the majority of Canadians disagreed with the idea of having health care run by the private sector.