The Health Care in Canada (HCIC) survey was conducted annually over the decade 1998–2007 and remains the most comprehensive annual survey of Canadian public and health care providers' opinions on health care. It was conducted by POLLARA Research under the aegis of the Health Care in Canada (HCiC) partnership.
The surveys were designed to gauge the need for change, and not as a report card on the (then) current status of the health system. The data capture the experiences of both members of the public and health care providers, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and health care managers. This range of responders allows the perspectives of these groups to be compared and contrasted. In addition, the fact that the survey was conducted annually for a period of ten years allows for the tracking of trends over time, highlighting areas of consistency and evolving priorities, preferences, and desire for change.
This overview looks at key questions that the surveys addressed between 1998 and 2007 and reports the general trend of opinions. More complete results for each year, including more questions and detailed demographic information, can be found in the survey reports and presentations for each year.
The Health Care in Canada Survey is a valuable source of data on the evolving views of the Canadian public and health care providers. Numerous research articles, policy documents, and other official publications have made use of its information.
We present here a selection of publications that have made use of Health Care in Canada Survey data. These articles give useful context and ramification for the facts presented by the survey, and they also provide useful in-depth insight and opinion on matters of particular concern in Canadian health care policy.
Most of these articles are available on the web, and are hyperlinked; however, some require a subscription or academic library access, without which the links may not give access.