There are currently 21 hospitals and 2 other community health centres serving a population of over 747,000 in New Brunswick. Many smaller hospitals in the province are having problems recruiting doctors to their communities and keeping their emergency rooms open. All things considered, a sizeable majority of New Brunswick residents believe the province would be better served by continuing to keep all current hospitals open, rather than having fewer hospitals and enhancing the services offered by large nearby regional hospitals, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.
Specifically, seven in ten (72%) New Brunswick residents believe the province would be better served by continuing to keep all current hospitals open. Meanwhile, one-quarter (23%) of residents indicate that New Brunswick would be better served with fewer hospitals and enhancing the services offered by large nearby regional hospitals. Six percent of New Brunswickers do not know, or do not have an opinion on the matter.
Although it is the majority opinion across the province, belief that New Brunswick would be better served by continuing to keep all current hospitals open is most likely in northern New Brunswick and least likely in the Moncton area. Meanwhile, such an opinion is also more likely among women than men.
“Not unexpectedly, the majority of New Brunswickers prefer the status quo in terms of keeping all current hospitals open across the province,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “This underscores the challenge faced by politicians and political parties to rationalize the delivery of acute care in the province to ensure the long-term sustainability of the health care system.”
These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 400 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from November 6 to 27, 2017, with overall 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.