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OTTAWA (June 6, 2016) – Going to the hospital is now considered dangerous business. The 2016 Canadian Healthcare Worry Index reveals that seven out of ten Canadians fear they could be harmed or even die because of hospital-acquired infections while six out of ten worry they could be the victim of a “preventable” medical incident, such as being given the wrong medication or surgery on the wrong body part.
The poll was released today by HeathCareCAN and the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders (CCHL) at the National Health Leadership Conference in Ottawa, June 6-7, 2016.
The poll also shows that eight out of ten Canadians are concerned that lack of support for healthcare innovation is slowing progress across the country to a crawl. Without innovative, concerted action, the sort of improvements Canadians want and expect – particularly for seniors and Indigenous Canadians — may not be achievable.
“For decades, Canadians have been rightly proud of their healthcare system but we’re falling behind under the weight of new challenges and in dealing with new threats,” says Bill Tholl, President and CEO, HealthcareCAN. “Some of these challenges are biologic, such as the emergence of new generations of antibiotic resistant infections – ‘superbugs’ that we will have no way to treat. Others are jurisdictional, such as our dysfunctional pattern of ‘reinventing the wheel’ from community to community, rather than learning from and applying innovations in a timely, consistent and integrated manner.”
Canadian Healthcare Fear Factors
|What Canadians Fear Most||% of Canadians|
|Hospital- and facility-acquired infections||70%|
|Harm or even death from medical incidents or events which should be preventable||58%|
|The slow pace at which new innovative ideas spread across Canada||80%|
|Unless a new approach is taken by federal and provincial governments, there will be no||81%|
|solution to current indigenous health concerns|
|Their final years will be of poor quality because of chronic diseases||84%|
Source: May, 2016, Ipsos eNational online survey of 1,004 Canadians aged 18 and over for NHLC; results are considered accurate with +3.1%, 19 times out of 20.
“To move forward and ensure quality care for all Canadians, we need governments to open the doors and let healthcare providers and citizens join them at the discussion table,” says Ray Racette, President and CEO of CCHL. “As a nation, we expect governments to commit to quality health care but we know they can’t do it alone. National quality requires a concerted, collaborative approach. It’s not created in isolation or silos, but requires the active participation of a wide variety of sectors. Canadians are ready and willing to step up to the plate if governments will let them.”
In the poll, Canadians showed they are highly supportive of heath care change, with nine out of ten saying they would like to see:
Call to Action
Innovation and its five key “to-dos” for the future of Canadians health care:
NHLC is the largest national gathering of health system decision-makers in Canada, including representatives from health regions, authorities and alliances; hospitals; long-term care organizations; public health agencies; community care; mental health and social services; government, education and research organizations; professional associations; and consulting firms and industry. Visit www.nhlc-cnls.ca for more information.
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