Health care concerns loom

A new study by Vancouver-based Angus Reid institute indicates Canadians aged 55 and older have difficulty accessing health care.

The study finds more than two million Canadians aged 55 and older face significant barriers when accessing the health care system in their province, such as being unable to find a family doctor or experiencing lengthy wait-times for surgery, diagnostic tests, or specialist visits.

Moreover, most Canadians in this age group have at least some difficulty getting the care they want or need promptly.

The study focuses on the health care experiences of older Canadians, as well as their assessments of the quality of care they receive.

Most Canadians currently 55 or older say they have a positive view of their health care, but are skeptical in their assessments of the future of care in their provinces.

The perception that health care in their home province has “deteriorated” over the last 10 to 15 years outpaces the view that it has improved in every region of the country except Saskatchewan.

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