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Half of Newfoundland and Labrador Residents Satisfied with Health Care System

MQO Research spoke with 400 residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to understand their opinions about health care in the province.

People are evenly split – 50 percent are very or somewhat satisfied and 50 percent are very or somewhat dissatisfied.

We surveyed people across Atlantic Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador ranked third in terms of the level of satisfaction at 50%. New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island were tied for top spot at 58% while Nova Scotia ranked last at 43%.

“Opinion is split right down the middle,” said Stephen Moore, Vice President at MQO. “Males exhibited much higher levels of satisfaction than females.” Of those males who were surveyed, 57 percent were either very or somewhat satisfied. That number falls to 43 percent among women.

MQO also explored satisfaction with different aspects of the health care system. We combined those who are very and somewhat satisfied with each of the following elements of the health care system. Here’s what we found:

  • 71 percent are satisfied with access to a family doctor
  • 65 percent are satisfied with access to home care
  • 65 percent are satisfied with access to an emergency room
  • 52 percent are satisfied with access to long-term care
  • 46 percent are satisfied with access to a specialist

“Newfoundland and Labrador (along with New Brunswick) had the highest level of satisfaction for access to a family doctor in Atlantic Canada,” said Moore. “The government also receives strong scores for home care and access to an emergency room.”

The Atlantic Matters poll was conducted by telephone from July 12th to July 22nd and included 400 randomly selected eligible voters from across the province. The margin of error for the total sample is +/- 4.9 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

About MQO Research

MQO Research is one of Atlantic Canada’s leading market research firms, providing research insights to clients throughout the region and beyond. Our team includes experts in quantitative and qualitative methodologies and program evaluation. MQO subscribes to the highest standards of information gathering and research ethics in the industry in Canada.

For more information on Atlantic Matters or MQO Research, contact:

Tracey Stephenson
tstephenson@m5.ca
Phone: 506-852-7281
Cell: 506-850-8077