The Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy surveys fill important information gaps by polling patients and providers in a number of developed countries. The 2016 edition of this survey focused on the experiences of the general population (adults 18 and older) in 11 countries.

CIHI’s companion chartbook 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

Data Tables

View data on The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 International Health Policy Survey of Adults in 11 countries in a series of more than 50 data tables.

Methodological Notes

Get an  overview of the sampling methodology, response rate, coverage, weighting of results and significance testing.


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Key links

Chartbook: How Canada Compares: Results From The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 International Health Policy Survey of Adults in 11 Countries 

Accessible version of the chartbook 

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, email us at 

Other Commonwealth Fund surveys

2015 survey of primary care physicians: This edition of the survey provides comparable information on the views and experiences of primary care doctors in 10 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.

Archives of past surveys