20 Dec 2017

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

  • Three-quarters of Nova Scotia residents believe the province would be better served by continuing to keep all current hospitals open
  • Two in ten residents indicate that Nova Scotia 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 32 hospitals and 10 other medical facilities such as Collaborative Health Centres and Health Clinics serving a population of over 923,000 in Nova Scotia. Many smaller hospitals in the province are having problems recruiting doctors to their communities and keeping their emergency rooms open. All things considered, a sizeable majority of Nova Scotia 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, three-quarters (75%) of Nova Scotia residents believe the province would be better served by continuing to keep all current hospitals open. Meanwhile, two in ten (21%) residents indicate that Nova Scotia would be better served with fewer hospitals and enhancing the services offered by large nearby regional hospitals. Four percent of Nova Scotians do not know, or do not have an opinion on the matter.

Although it is the majority opinion across the province, belief that Nova Scotia would be better served by continuing to keep all current hospitals open is less likely in Halifax than elsewhere in the province.

“Not unexpectedly, the majority of Nova Scotians prefer the status quo in terms of keeping all current hospitals open,” 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 Nova Scotians, conducted from November 6 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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