MONTREAL — Canadians would trust their doctors less today than before the pandemic, according to the results of a survey conducted on behalf of an Australian firm in Australia, Canada and the United States. .
Before the pandemic, reveals the survey recently unveiled by Compare The Market, 87% of Canadians said they trusted health professionals, a percentage that jumped to 96% among those aged 65 and over. The situation was similar in the other two countries.
This trust has been undermined since the start of the pandemic. In Australia, it is mainly participants aged 35 to 54 who report being more wary of doctors. In the United States, the decline in trust is most noticeable among those aged 24 and under.
It is in Canada that trust in doctors survives the health crisis best. The largest decline was seen among 45-54 year olds and the smallest among 35-44 year olds, but the decline is up to twice as small as in other countries. Today, 82.7% of Canadians report trusting doctors.
When asked about the source of this loss of confidence, 42.3% of Canadian participants mentioned long waiting lists, 38.3% problems that were not taken seriously and 30.3% suggestions. unnecessary. A quarter of the participants also mentioned a misdiagnosis.
More than three-quarters of Canadian and Australian adults consider the pandemic to be real and that vaccines are effective. Skepticism is somewhat more pronounced in the United States.
Three-quarters of Canadian adults also say they fully trust official information about COVID-19.
The survey was conducted by Pure Profile on behalf of Compare The Market among 1003 Canadian adults in March 2022.