The first thing that we wanted to know was whether people had ever delayed getting the healthcare needed.
Overwhelmingly, almost half of the population in all three countries surveyed (44.4% of Australians, 47.7% of Canadians and 49.1% of Americans), came back saying that they had delayed getting the medical care they needed.
We also asked those who had delayed getting medical care for the reasons why and found that the most common answer was either because of the long waiting periods to get in front of a medical professional, or that the cost of care was simply too expensive.
|1st||It was too expensive / Waiting periods were too long||Waiting periods were too long||It was too expensive|
|2nd||Couldn’t get time off work||Couldn’t get time off work||Waiting periods were too long|
|3rd||No trust in medical professionals||It was too expensive||Couldn’t get time off work|
Some other reasons that were also prevalent in causing healthcare visit delays were the anxiety of catching COVID-19 with a weakened immune system, ignoring symptoms and trying to ‘tough it out’, as well as anxiety about the diagnosis.
Those aged 18-24 in Australia and aged 25-34 in America and Canada, were also a head above the rest of the age groups, where over 55% of respondents said that they have previously delayed their healthcare.
On average, men were more likely to be extremely satisfied with their country’s healthcare (23.7%) compared to their female (18.63%) counterpart in all countries. Those aged 65 and above also had the highest rates out of all age groups to be extremely satisfied with their country’s healthcare.
All three nations listed the cost of medical treatment as a common reason for delayed healthcare. When we asked respondents how they felt about the cost of their country’s healthcare in general, over two-fifths of Australians and Canadians were in consensus that it’s somewhat affordable. For America, however, it was a different story, as more people (23.8%) thought that healthcare was extremely unaffordable.
It seems that Canadians believe that they have the most affordable healthcare out of the three countries, with 35.8% of respondents (in all age groups) believing that healthcare is extremely affordable in Canada. Australians have a lower score with only 19.4% (across all age groups) thinking that treatments are extremely affordable in Australia, while only 9.6% of Americans think the same.
Lastly, we also asked respondents what they think about their country’s healthcare system compared to other places in the world. We found that Australians were the most optimistic, with almost half (46.6%) of Australians believing that their healthcare system is great compared to other countries. A further 35.3% of Australians believe that their healthcare system is merely okay in comparison. This is almost on par with what Canadians think of their own healthcare, while over a quarter of Americans believe that their healthcare system is terrible when pinned alongside other countries’.