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Over 96% of Canadians have access to primary care--health council study.

Though Canadians complain about difficulty in gaining access to primary care when they need it, the Canadian Survey of Experiences with Primary Health Care 2006-2007 indicates that 96% of Canadians aged 18 and older had either a regular medical doctor or a usual place of care.

The "usual place of care" includes access to various types of doctors and clinics, and access to different types of health care including emergency rooms and prescription medication use. It also takes in access to multidisciplinary primary health care teams which include health professionals such as nurses, other doctors, dieticians and nutritionists.

Nearly one third (30%) of Canadians reported that a nurse, working with their primary care provider, was regularly involved in their health care. The corresponding rate for those with a chronic condition, such as arthritis or diabetes, was 33%.

Earlier data from the Canadian Community Health Survey showed that the majority of Canadians (86% in 2005) had a regular medical doctor. This new survey provides information regarding access to a usual place of care.

This Statistics Canada survey, sponsored by the Health Council of Canada, provides national information on the experiences of Canadians with primary health care.

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Title Annotation:HEALTH; Canadian Survey of Experiences with Primary Health Care 2006-2007
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Date:Jan 23, 2008
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