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Other Commonwealth Fund surveys
2015 survey of primary care physicians: This survey provided comparable information on the views and experiences of primary care doctors in 10 countries.
The Commonwealth Fund’s International Health Policy surveys fill important information gaps through polls of patients and providers in 11 developed countries. The 2014 edition of this survey focused on the experience of people age 55 and older.
This report tells the Canadian story and highlights how experiences with health care vary across Canada and how they compare with those in other 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.
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How do the experiences of older people in Canada compare with those of older people in other countries? View the overall results and key themes.
View summary-level data on the International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults for 11 Commonwealth countries and the 10 Canadian provinces in a series of more than 70 data tables.
Get an overview of sampling methodology, response rate, coverage, weighting of results and significance testing.
Read our report by theme
Theme 1: Access to care
Timely access to care remains a significant challenge for older Canadians.
Theme 2: Caregiving and planning for end-of-life care
Older Canadians spend more time as informal caregivers and planning for their own end-of-life needs.
Theme 3: Quality of care
Older Canadians have positive experiences with their providers. These experiences are on par with or better than the international average.
Theme 4: Perception of health and health care
While older Canadians feel good about their health, they are not as optimistic about their health system.