Commonwealth Survey 2014 Infographic 1

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Timely access to primary health care

Timely access to primary health care

Results from The Commonwealth Fund 2014 International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults (age 55+) show that Canadians continue to experience challenges getting medical care when they need it.

53% of older Canadians waited 2 or more days to see a doctor or nurse the last time they needed medical attention. This was the same percentage as in 2007.

Table 1: Proportion of Older Adults Who Waited 2 or More Days to See a Doctor or a Nurse the Last Time They Needed Medical Attention, 2014
Country Proportions
Australia 32%
Canada 53%
France 17%
Germany 18%
United Kingdom 36%
United States 43%

Nearly 1 in 3 waited 6 or more days to see a doctor or nurse the last time they needed care.

All 10 provinces reported significantly longer wait times than the international average.

More than half of older adults reported difficulties getting medical care on evenings or weekends without going to the emergency department.

More than 1 in 3 (37%) older Canadians visited the emergency department for a condition that could have been treated by their regular doctor.