20 Dec 2017

Despite sustainability challenges, NL residents prefer to keep all current hospitals open

  • Just over six in ten Newfoundland and Labrador residents believe the province would be better served by continuing to keep all current hospitals open
  • One-third of residents indicate that Newfoundland and Labrador would be better served with fewer hospitals and enhancing the services offered by large nearby regional hospitals

HALIFAX, NS December 20, 2017: There are currently 36 hospitals and 18 other medical facilities such as community health centres and health clinics serving a population of over 519,000 in Newfoundland and Labrador. Many smaller hospitals in the province are having problems recruiting doctors to their communities and keeping their emergency rooms open. All things considered, a majority of Newfoundland and Labrador residents believe the province would be better served by continuing to keep all current hospitals open, rather than having fewer hospitals and enhancing the services offered by large nearby regional hospitals, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Specifically, just over six in ten (63%) Newfoundland and Labrador residents believe the province would be better served by continuing to keep all current hospitals open. Meanwhile, one-third (33%) of residents indicate that Newfoundland and Labrador would be better served with fewer hospitals and enhancing the services offered by large nearby regional hospitals. Four percent of Newfoundland and Labrador residents do not know, or do not have an opinion on the matter.

While the majority opinion across the province is that the Newfoundland and Labrador would be better served by keeping all current hospitals open, this preference is more prevalent outside the Avalon area. Meanwhile, preference to keep all current hospitals open is more likely among women than men, residents with lower household incomes, and those with less than a post-secondary education.

“Not unexpectedly, the majority of residents in Newfoundland and Labrador prefer the status quo in terms of keeping all current hospitals open across the province,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “This underscores the challenge faced by politicians and political parties to rationalize the delivery of acute care in the province to ensure the long-term sustainability of the health care system.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 400 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents, conducted from November 7 to 30, 2017, with overall results accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.

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For more information, please contact:

Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838

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