Here’s what Canadians think about privatization in health-care system – CTV

Feb. 27, 2023

As health-care negotiations continue between premiers and the federal government, a new survey suggests Canadians are divided on the prospect of more privatization in the health system.

According to the survey conducted by Angus Reid, 39 per cent of Canadians are “public health purists,” which means they’d like little to no private-sector involvement in health care, while 28 per cent say increasing privatization is necessary.

In the middle, 33 per cent said they were “curious, but hesitant” and are on the fence. This group believes the private sector could play a role in certain circumstances, but has concerns over the staffing shortages in the public system and access for low-income Canadians.

Among NDP voters, 68 per cent were public health purists while 52 per cent of Liberal voters held this position. Conservative voters, on the other hand, were more likely to be pro-private care (50 per cent).

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