It seems our federal parties are lining up on either side of the carbon tax as we head toward an election this fall, but is it really a top issue for Canadians?
According to the Canadian Medical Association, the answer is no.
The CMA says the message from Canadians is “get back to basics and make healthcare a priority.”
A survey from Ipsos has found more than half of people who live in this country say they’re worried about healthcare. By comparison, only 20 per cent are concerned about a carbon tax.
Suggesting federal parties should take note, the Association adds six-in-10 respondents indicate they’d vote for whoever has the best plan for the future of our healthcare system.
“Every election, healthcare tops the list for Canadians and yet, our federal leaders do little to truly address it,” CMA President Dr. Gigi Osler said. “This time around, it’s different. Canadians are no longer willing to wait for action or to see services fall victim to budget cuts.”
The CMA has also founds two thirds of Canadians worry about governments cutting healthcare services to balance their budgets, while half surveyed believe they’ll eventually need to pay more for healthcare.
Wait times, health professional shortages and crowded hospitals are the top worries among respondents.
“We’re hearing more and more devastating stories of Canadians struggling to get the care they need, from younger Canadians looking for mental health support to seniors waiting weeks for a long-term care bed,” Dr. Osler added. “This federal election, we’ll be telling federal political parties that it’s time for leadership on health. Patients and healthcare providers can no longer and will no longer wait.”
Climate change is also a topic of concern for Canadians. Of those surveyed, about three-in-10 admitted to be concerned about the impacts it will have on both physical and mental health.