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Canadian Community Health Survey: Unmet health care needs, 2014

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Released: 2016-02-09

In 2014, 11.2% of Canadians aged 12 and older, or about 3.4 million people, reported that they did not receive health care when they felt they needed it. One-third of that group cited wait times as the reason.

A fact sheet on unmet health care needs in 2014 is now available from the Canadian Community Health Survey – Annual Component. This fact sheet includes information on unmet health care needs reported in 2014, by sex, by province or territory, by income, and reasons for having an unmet health care need.

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The Canadian Community Health Survey is an annual cross-sectional survey that collects information related to the health status, health care use and health determinants of the Canadian population aged 12 and older in the 12 months preceding the survey.

National data on unmet health care needs for 2014 are now available. The last time national-level data were available on this topic was in 2010.


The fact sheet "Canadian Community Health Survey: Unmet health care needs, 2014," from the publication Health Fact Sheets (Catalogue number82-625-X), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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