August 15 , 2011: CARP members’ experiences with the health care system may be more positive than the progress for the country at large on five key health care indicators described in the Health Council of Canada’s 2011 progress report “Health Care Renewal in Canada”.
Not only have many members had to wait for treatment, many also believe wait times are getting longer. Members are in favour of national drug purchasing and coverage strategies as the best way to bring down the cost of drugs. Use of electronic health records appears to be very common among CARP members’ doctors. Teletriage, or telephone medical advisory, is very successful and widely used among CARP members. Health innovation in Canada is very important to CARP members, and they think Canada is a player in this field.