A new poll from Angus Reid shows that Canadians aren�t buying health care, a big problem for the Liberal government in Ottawa.
The poll by Angus Reid Analytics says 57 per cent of respondents said they don�t think their health care is adequate, while just 26 per cent said they think they are.
But the Angus Reid poll also shows that almost a third of Canadians (32 per cent) said they would have to spend more money to afford a doctor, dentist or hospital visit, and a similar percentage said they have trouble paying for a basic health care package like prescription drugs and dental care.
The Angus Reid survey also found that people with pre-existing conditions are more likely to delay getting health care coverage than others.
That�s a big concern for the Liberals.
It also highlights the challenge the government faces in finding ways to bring in more private-sector investment to the health care sector.
The Health Department announced in April that it was launching a $2.5-billion initiative to bring more private sector investment to Canada’s health care system.
But some say that plan hasn�t gone far enough and that the government needs to focus more on encouraging competition in the health insurance market.
“I think the Trudeau government has made a huge mistake in the last couple of years, in focusing on the private sector,” said Kevin Page, a research associate at the Angus Moore Research Institute.
“I think it�s time to go back to the drawing board.”
The Angus Moore poll was conducted by telephone from May 10 to 12 among a random sample of 1,011 Canadian adults.
The margin of error for all respondents is 2.5 percentage points.