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Atlantic Canadians less satisfied amid growing concerns on healthcare: survey

By Caitlin Snow Jul 19, 2023 | 12:55 PM

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Satisfaction among Atlantic Canadians has changed dramatically over the past couple of years compared to the rest of the country. Topping the list of concerns is healthcare as well as the cost of living.

The Canada-wide Confederation of Tomorrow survey consists of 5,365 adults and is conducted by the Environics Institute for Survey Research. It was carried out online in the provinces between January 26 and February 9; and by telephone in the territories between January 24 and February 26. It focuses in on how Atlantic Canadians feel about how things are governed including health care other major issues that affect their life.

For the first time since the survey began in 2019, dissatisfaction in the Atlantic Region is higher than the national average. The report says a number of factors contribute to this, including the cost of living, but most of all is the growing concern over healthcare, and the government’s ability to manage things. The findings also reveal that us in the Atlantic region are much less confident that treatment in our healthcare system would take a reasonable amount of time. The number of Atlantic Canadians concerned about healthcare is almost twice the national average at 32% compared to 17%.

The report says it’s not the overall dissatisfaction that Atlantic Canada has, that stands out so much from the rest of the country, but the dramatic change from just two years ago.

In 2021, 37% of us were dissatisfied, while now it’s up to more than half at 54%.

The report is here.


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