More than half of Canadians report having a chronic illness, and a third are not receiving appropriate treatment

July 23, 2019 — The latest
white paper based on the 13th edition of the Health Care in Canada (HCIC)
survey was released today. Co-authored by members of the Pollara and HCIC
Coalition teams, the paper focusses on analysing the HCIC survey findings as
they relate to chronic disease. 

In the 2018 HCIC survey, more than half of Canadians
reported having one or more chronic illnesses; with cardiovascular disease,
arthritis, lung disease and mental health disorders, singly or in concert, the
most common diagnoses. Despite increasing recognition and concern among the
body politic, the prevalence of dementia remains comparatively low.
Disappointingly, in the management of chronic diseases, only 66 percent of
adults currently report they always or often receive appropriate treatments.
The dominant reasons reported by patients for non-receipt of appropriate
therapy are prolonged wait times, lack of affordability of care, and lack of
understanding support from healthcare professionals.  

For more findings and analysis, download and read the white paper.

Established in 1998, the HCIC Survey is Canada’s
longest-running, most in-depth survey of the public, general/family physicians,
specialists, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and health
care administrators. It identifies and tracks perceived strengths, areas of
concern, key current issues, and opportunities for improvement in health care
quality, accessibility and affordability.

The 2018 edition is the 13th wave
of the study, with additional regular waves of research scheduled in the years
ahead. This edition of Canada’s report card on the health care system looked at
a variety of issues including opinions about chronic disease prescription
usage, timeliness of access to health care, challenges faced by
non-professional caregivers, and options for end-of-life care and the opioid

More information about the 2018 and previous editions of the HCIC study, including links to all data, findings, and reporting, are provided here.  

Since its inception in 1998, the
HCIC survey has been conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights, supported by
the HCIC survey partners, with principal funding from Merck Canada. The HCIC
survey partners and sponsors are a broad group of national, multi-institutional
health care stakeholders including many of the country’s top professional
associations, not-for-profit health organizations, and institutions: the
Canadian Cancer Society; Canadian Home Care Association; Canadian Hospice
Palliative Care Association; Canadian Medical Association; Canadian Nurses
Association; Canadian Pharmacists Association; Constance-Lethbridge
Rehabilitation Centre, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation;
McGill University; Health Charities Coalition of Canada; HealthCareCAN;
Innovative Medicines Canada; Institute of Health Economics; Studer Group
Canada; Merck Canada; Strive Health Management; and, CareNet Health Management

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What Canadians Believe: From science and spirituality to conspiracies and the supernatural

July 21, 2019 --- Pollara
Strategic Insights recently surveyed 2,002 Canadians about their beliefs across
a range of serious and not-so-serious subjects that are popular in today’s
media and entertainment or perennial undercurrents within the zeitgeist. The
survey covers topics rooted in science, spirituality, physics, conspiracy theories,
and the supernatural.

Throughout the results Canadians
exhibit a very strong allegiance to, and confidence in, science,
whether it be belief in evolution, The Big Bang, climate change, dinosaurs, or
the likelihood that artificial intelligence will surpass that of humans.

Many Canadians are also
, expressing belief in a soul and/or a higher power. 

Despite the
prevalence of anti-vaccination activists, flat earth theorists, and zombie
fiction in today’s headlines and entertainment
, very small
proportions of Canadians adhere to these beliefs. Similarly, few
believe in longstanding conspiracy theories 
such as the fake moon
landing and Elvis being alive. 

Nevertheless, given that
Canadians tend to disregard such propositions and generally display a need for
evidence, some of the results may prove surprising 
especially how many Canadians believe in ghosts, dowsing, and psychic powers.

To learn more read our report.

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Sport's betting and Gaming Research

The Single Event Sports Betting Craze Heats Up!

July 18, 2019 -- There is a quote attributed to Henry Ford that states, “Auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built.’’  There is no doubt that betting on that race began immediately after that second car was built.

The Canadian Gaming Association estimates that Canadians wager around $10 billion illegally every year on sports, with much of the money flowing to offshore online sports books. Canadians are spending a sizable amount of money illegally to bet on sports because they can make a single-game wager.  Sports betting has been legal in Canada for over 30 years through government-regulated sports lottery products, but you have to bet a three-game parlay in most cases. 

A recent study by Pollara of over 1,250 Canadians indicates that in the past year alone, almost one in five (18%) placed a bet on sports involving real money.  A further 14% placed a wager online and 12% bet on fantasy sports online.

Ontario has the highest percentage of
sports betting enthusiasts with one quarter (23%) placing a bet on sports and
16% betting on sports online.  All other
provinces also had substantial participation with between 12% to 15% betting on

While the 40-year-old plus age group has sizable foothold on the traditional lottery and gaming market, sports betting is more likely a pastime of the 18-39-year-old group.  Almost one third (32%) of the 30-39-year-old group has placed a bet on sports in the past year.

Betting money on the outcome of a single sports event is now legal in many U.S. states. Many other states have legislation pending or are looking into legalizing betting on the outcome of single game sporting events.

In Canada, bills to amend the law to allow single event sports betting have not made it to a vote in the Senate. Another push for a change to sports betting laws is likely eminent in light of the changes in the U.S.

That is why we have launched Sports Betting
in Canada – the definitive study covering all aspects of sports betting in
Canada. Our study will measure and track the size of the current and potential
sports betting market covering both parlay and single events wagers. This study
will look at the issues behind illegal sports betting and whether Canadians
support legalizing single event sports wagering in Canada.

The study will explore current and
potential sports betting behaviour, concerns with single event sports wagering,
and how Canadians feel about the current landscape and a change to legislation.
We will also explore the myths and truths about sports wagering, test the
impact of a range of messages/information to frame legalization, and provide
guidance on how best to position this policy in way that garners the highest
levels of consumer and public support.

To subscribe to our study or learn more about the details, please see our prospectus