The Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy surveys fill important information gaps by polling patients and providers in a number of developed countries. The 2015 edition of this survey focused on the experiences of primary care physicians, such as family doctors, in 10 developed countries.

CIHI’s companion report highlights the Canadian story and examines how experiences vary across Canada and relative to other developed countries.

CIHI and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are the national Canadian co-partners of The Commonwealth Fund’s annual International Health Policy Survey.

Companion products and highlights

Executive summary

How do the experiences of primary care doctors in Canada compare with those of doctors in other countries? View the Fileoverall results and key themes.

Data tables

View data on The Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians for 10 countries and 9 Canadian provinces in a series of more than 70 Filedata tables.

Methodological notes

Get an PDF iconoverview of sampling methodology, response rate, coverage, weighting of results and significance testing.

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Key links

Full report: FileHow Canada Compares: Results From The Commonwealth Fund 2015 International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians  (PDF iconmobile-friendly version).

Media release: Family doctors see improvements for patients, but Canada still lags peer countries on most measures

Methodological notes: PDF iconGet an overview of sampling methodology, response rate and more

Data requests: Data from the 2004 survey onward is available free of charge to all students and researchers. If you are interested in obtaining data or more information on the survey, please contact us at

Other Commonwealth Fund surveys

2016 survey of adults: The focus of this survey is the experiences of the general population (adults 18 and older) in 11 countries.

2014 survey of older adults: This survey focused on the experiences of older adults by polling the general population age 55 and older in 11 developed countries.