Health care concerns hit 2-year high, surpassing inflation to top public concern: survey


Health care concerns are at their highest level in two years in Canada, surpassing jobs, the economy and inflation as the top national concern, according to a Nanos Research study.

The latest weekly survey by the polling firm, which looked at four-week changes in the nation’s top 10 concerns, found that 16.1% of respondents chose health care as their number one concern, November 1 A survey released today put it at 13.1%.

“Healthcare is trending upwards, hitting a two-year high after continuing problems with jobs/economics, inflation and the environment,” said Nik Nanos, chairman of Nanos Research, in a study published Nov. 29. said in

Changing concerns of Canadians, reports say children’s hospitals across Canada are “overwhelmed” by children with respiratory infections caused by a combination of COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) arose in triple demic. “

A sick children’s hospital in Toronto has reduced surgeries to maintain beds in its intensive care unit, while hospitals in British Columbia are preparing to follow suit if needed.

‘Decades’ of Crisis

Ontario Health Minister Sylvia Jones told reporters on Dec. 1 that the threat of triple respiratory infections “imposes extra demands on health care systems across the country,” but Canada’s He said the pressure on the health care system “has been around for decades.” “

Rather than blaming individual levels of government for the health care crisis, Canadians blame a combination of policy failures, nano told CTV News.

“The reality is that states provide health care as part of their constitutional mandate. But the federal government plays a key role in funding health care,” he said.

“What we’ve learned from the polls is that there is consistent support for publicly funded health care across Canada, and it’s kind of part of our identity, consistently over the long term. ”

November, Ontario 5 major medical unions He urged Prime Minister Doug Ford to invest in retaining more medical staff, citing a shortage of 47,000 medical professionals in state hospitals.

On December 1, Jones announced that the state has invested more than $9.4 million to train critical care nurses at several colleges, including Centennial College, Calistoga College, George Brown College, Laurentian University, Mohawk College, and St. Lawrence College. announced that it is strengthening

“This funding will help enroll nurses who want to work on upskilling critical care in areas such as respiratory, palliative and cardiac care,” Jones said, adding that hospitals will bring more healthcare to the world. He added that more funds will also be invested in the three main programs used to Worker.

Nanos Research’s weekly survey is based on interviews with 1,000 randomized Canadians aged 18 and over using RDD land and cell lines, with a survey period of 25 November. Until. The oldest group of 250 interviews is removed and a new group of 250 interviews is added. This survey is accurate 19 times out of 20, plus or minus 3.1%.

Andrew Chen

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Andrew Chen is a reporter for the Epoch Times based in Toronto.