Canadians divided on privatizing health care, survey finds – CBC

Angus Reid poll shows 39% of respondents are opposed to the idea

Feb 28, 2023

A new Angus Reid poll shows 39 per cent of respondents still staunchly oppose paying for medical care while the rest either support privatization or are cautious but curious about the idea.

The non-profit organization polled just over 2,000 Canadians in early February and found they fell into one of three categories: public health purists, private care proponents, or curious but hesitant about potential changes.

Thirty-nine per cent of Canadians fall into the first category, meaning they see “little to no place for privatization” and believe any movement in that direction would only “exacerbate current challenges” in the health-care system.

On the other end of the spectrum, private care proponents accounted for 28 per cent of respondents, and this group believes increased privatization or hybrid models are a “necessary evolution” for optimum care.

The curious but hesitant crowd (33 per cent) say they see the potential value in contracting for-profit doctors and paying for operations but are deeply concerned about access for low-income Canadians and possible staff shortages.

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