Canadians want to increase health system capacity: poll
Canadians also think that the health care system is too bureaucratic to respond to their needs, according to poll
MONTREAL — With Canadians locked down to varying degrees in order to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed, a large majority of them want the system to have better surge capacity.
Canadians, and especially Quebecers, also think that the health care system is too bureaucratic to respond to their needs. The majority of Canadians are in favour of giving more space to entrepreneurs within a universal health care system, according to an Ipsos poll carried out on behalf of the Montreal Economic Institute.
“Canadians realize that our health care system is constantly on the verge of being overwhelmed, and want there to be more capacity to deal with large volumes of patients. While the general public sympathizes with health professionals, Canadians find the system much too bureaucratic,” said Miguel Ouellette, director of operations and economist at the MEI, in a prepared statement. “That may be part of the reason why people are so open to the idea of allowing entrepreneurs to lend a hand.”
“Canadians are ready to try something new to improve health care access. They know that spending more and more money within the current system is not solving the problem. We need to make a real effort to improve the capacity of our system to adapt to increased patient numbers, and bureaucracy can’t do it alone,” added Ouellette.