June 27, 2018 — The latest in our series of analyses of the results of the 12th edition of the Health Care in Canada (HCIC) Survey has been published in the current issue of Healthcare Quarterly.

Although the 2016 wave of the HCIC Survey witnessed a growing concern that medicare may require major strategic repairs or a complete rebuild, a majority of stakeholders perceive continuing underlying quality in our clinical care and look forward to both system- and patient-centred initiatives to improve health care in the future. What is the top improvement priority among both public and professional caregivers? The enhanced availability of less expensive prescription medications.  In other words, pharmacare – although not necessarily a program that replaces existing drug plans.

Read the article here:  Healthcare Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2018

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. The 12th and most recent edition of the HCIC was conducted in 2016, and the next wave of research will be conducted in 2018.

Additional data, findings, and reporting on the 2016 HCIC Survey and all previous editions can be found via the HCIC website hosted by McGill University. Also, our webinar presentation summarizing the key findings of the 12th Edition of the HCIC can be viewed in English or French via the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI).

The HCIC Survey has been conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights since its inception, supported by the HCIC survey partners, with principal funding from Merck Canada Inc. Current survey partners include the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Canadian Home Care Association, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Pharmacists Association, CareNet Health Management Consulting, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation, Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre, Health Charities Coalition of Canada, HealthCareCAN, Institute of Health Economics, McGill University, Merck Canada Inc., Strive Health Management, and Studer Group Canada.