Survey results from 2002 to 2007 show strong, but variable, support among the Canadian public and health care providers for initiatives and innovation in health care.
Between 2003 and 2007, health care providers and the public "strongly agreed" that there should be increased government funding for health research, with between 75% and 91% of respondents saying they "somewhat agree" or "strongly agree" throughout this time period. View the full data table. View graphs.
The percent saying they "strongly agree" and "somewhat agree" that there should be incentives for more private sector investments in charitable health research organizations followed a similar trend, peaking in 2005 and 2006, but maintaining majority support from all groups throughout the period. View the full data table. View graphs.
From 2005 to 2007, health care providers and the public were asked whether they agreed that government incentives should be put in place to encourage the adoption of new health care technologies. The number who said they "strongly agree" varied considerably, but the total saying they "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" remained high throughout. View the full data table. View graphs.
From 2005 to 2007, the public was asked to rate, on a scale of 1 to 10, its agreement with initiatives to improve the health system: developing more home and community care programs, increasing the use of non-physician health providers, and implementing (or, in 2007, accelerating) the use of electronic patient records. In 2002 and 2003, the public was also asked to rate its agreement with electronic patient records using a "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree" scale. Strongest support was shown for home and community care programs (46%), followed by support for non-physician health providers and electronic patient records. View the full data table. View graphs.