20 Sep 2017

Percentage of Atlantic Canadians with a family doctor remains high despite declines in certain regions

  • Nine in ten Atlantic Canadians currently have a family doctor
  • The proportion of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island residents who currently have a family doctor has been trending downward since May 2011
  • The proportion of residents with a family doctor in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia’s largest urban markets is consistent with their respective overall provincial levels

HALIFAX, NS September 20, 2017: The number of Atlantic Canadians who currently have a family doctor remains high, despite a slight decline over the past four years, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. Specifically, nearly nine in ten Atlantic Canadians (88%, down from 91% in May 2013) indicate that they currently have a family doctor.

From a provincial perspective, the proportion of New Brunswickers and Newfoundlanders and Labradorians indicating they have a family doctor is stable, as nine in ten NB residents (90%, compared with 92% in May 2013) and NL residents (89%, compared with 91%) currently have a family doctor. Meanwhile, the number of Nova Scotians and Prince Edward Islanders who currently have a family doctor has been trending downward since 2011. Specifically, just under nine in ten NS residents (87%, compared with 91% in May 2013, and down from 94% in May 2011) report currently having a family doctor, while just over eight in ten PE residents (83% down from 90% in May 2013, and 94% in May 2011) have a family doctor.

Compared with the provincial rates, the proportion of residents in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick’s largest urban markets is similar. Specifically, nine in ten residents in Saint John (92%), Moncton (91%), and Fredericton (88%) currently have a family doctor. Meanwhile, just over eight in ten Halifax residents (84%) have a family doctor.

It is interesting to note that the percentage of Atlantic Canadians with a family doctor increases with age. Specifically, just over nine in ten (93%) residents 55 years of age or older currently have a family doctor, compared with three-quarters (77%) of residents between the ages of 18 and 34 years. This is likely a function of need based on physical health.

“There appears to have been a slight decrease in the percentage of adults with a family doctor across the region,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, residents living in Halifax appear to have the smallest percentage of those currently having a family doctor among the major urban areas studied.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly® and the CRA Urban Report, which are independent, quarterly telephone surveys of Atlantic Canadians. The Atlantic Quarterly results are based on a sample of 1,511 adult Atlantic Canadians, conducted from August 3 to September 6, 2017, and the Urban Report results are based on a sample of 400 Halifax CMA, 401 Saint John CMA, 400 Moncton CMA, and 400 Fredericton CA residents, conducted from July 19 to August 7, 2017. A sample of 1,511 is expected to provide results accurate to within ± 2.5 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times, while a sample of 400 is expected to provide 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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