Health Council of Canada. (2011). How do Sicker Canadians with Chronic Disease Rate the Health Care System? Retrieved from http://www.healthcouncilcanada.ca/docs/rpts/2011/Commonwealth6/HCC_CW6_EN_120911.pdf
“This bulletin reports the results of the 2011 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey and compares the experiences of sicker Canadians with chronic conditions to those of the general public. Cost was shown to be one of the most significant barriers:
- 23% of sicker Canadians said they had skipped a dose of medication or did not fill a prescription due to cost, compared to just 10% of the general population.
- 12% of sicker Canadians reported not visiting a doctor due to cost concerns, compared to just 4% of the general population.
Sicker Canadians also fare worse when it comes to the coordination of their care and being engaged in their health care. These issues, as well as recommendations to eliminate the barriers this population faces, are outlined in the bulletin.”