Canadian seniors are less satisfied with the quality of the health care they receive than those age 65 and older in 10 similar countries, a key international survey shows.

The 2017 edition of The Commonwealth Fund’s annual International Health Policy Survey focused on the views and experiences of seniors in 11 developed countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. The findings show that just 67% of Canadians age 65 and older are satisfied with the quality of their health care. The average of the 11 countries is 76%, and Switzerland has the highest satisfaction, at 84%.

The survey asked seniors about many aspects of their health care experience, from mental health and access to medical specialists, to quality of home care and end-of-life planning.

Download the chartbook (PPT) and data tables (Excel) on The Commonwealth Fund’s 2017 survey.

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Learn more as Tracy Johnson, CIHI’s director of Health System Analysis and Emerging Issues, discusses some of the survey’s key findings in the videos below:

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2017 Commonwealth Fund survey chartbook

Learn how Canada compares with 10 similar countries in the 2017 international health policy survey of seniors

2017 Commonwealth Fund survey data tables

See the results for each question and every country surveyed by The Commonwealth Fund in 2017

2017 Commonwealth Fund survey methodology notes

Discover how data for The Commonwealth Fund’s 2017 survey was collected and weighted

Accessible version of the chartbook

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