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The percentage of the population that reported having a regular

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health care provider

A regular health care provider is defined as a health professional that a person sees or talks to when he or she needs care or advice about health. This can include a family doctor or general practitioner, a medical specialist or a nurse practitioner.

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Higher percentages are desirable.

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health care provider

A regular health care provider is defined as a health professional that a person sees or talks to when he or she needs care or advice about health. This can include a family doctor or general practitioner, a medical specialist or a nurse practitioner.

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Population age 12 and older who reported that they have a regular

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total population age 12 and older

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Population age 12 and older (based on weighted survey responses)
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On a daily basis, many Canadians receive health care services, usually through nurse practitioners, general practitioners or family physicians. Having a regular health care provider is an important source of disease prevention and management. Factors affecting whether a person has a regular health care provider include age and sex. In

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Higher percentages are desirable.

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Canadian Institute for Health Information. Experiences With Primary Health Care in Canada

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(PDF). 2016.

Statistics Canada. Primary health care providers, 2017. Accessed February 20, 2020.

Commonwealth Fund. International

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Statistics Canada. Access to a regular medical doctor 2011. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2012001/article/11656-eng.htm. Updated June 19, 2012. Accessed September 9, 2016.

St-Pierre M, Béland Y. Mode effects in the Canadian Community Health Survey: A Comparison of CAPI and CATI. 2004 Proceedings of the American Statistical Association Meeting. 2004. Toronto, ON : American Statistical Association.

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Survey Data Center. Accessed January 10, 2018.

Statistics Canada. Canadian Community Health Survey — Annual component (CCHS). Accessed February 20, 2020.

Statistics Canada. Health characteristics, two-year period estimates. Accessed February 20, 2020.

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CCHS, Statistics Canada, Statistics Canada, Table 13-10-0113-01: Health characteristics, two-year period estimates (by age group and sex, Canada, provinces, territories and health regions); 2016 International Health Policy Survey, The Commonwealth Fund.

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This indicator is calculated based on 2 years of pooled data from 2017 and 2018.

Data for the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS)

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Some values have data quality flags that indicate "use with caution" or "suppressed" due to high coefficients of variation: health regions with small populations and results disaggregated by age group or sex within small regions

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The CCHS covers the population age 12 and older living in the 10 provinces and 3 territories. Excluded from the survey's coverage are

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In the North, the frame for the CCHS covers 92% of the target population in Yukon, 96% in the Northwest Territories and 92% in Nunavut. Before 2013, coverage in Nunavut was 71%.

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In 2005 and 2003, the indicator in French included only "médecin de famille." Starting in 2007, this concept was widened to "médecin régulier," which includes "médecin de famille."

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A low percentage may be related to the use of options other than a doctor's office. In the territories, a nurse practitioner is often used as the first point of medical contact, rather than a medical doctor.

Data on the use of different types of regular places of care is limited, as this is not tracked in the CCHS. In 2008, according to the Canadian Survey of Experiences With Primary Health Care, 91% of adults reported that they have a regular place they usually go to if they are sick or need advice about their health. Most reported this to be a doctor's office (clinic or practice) (78%), while 17% went to a walk-in clinic, centre local de services communautaires (CLSC) or community health centre (CHC).

Where use of clinics, CLSCs and CHCs as regular places of care is high, a relatively low percentage having a regular medical doctor might not reflect poor access to primary care.

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As a result of a redesign in 2015, the CCHS has a new collection strategy and sample design. For this reason, Statistics Canada does not recommend making comparisons with CCHS data from 2001 to 2014.

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Data for Ontario's local health integration networks and British Columbia's regional health authorities was received from Statistics Canada through custom tabulation requests:

Source: Statistics Canada. Selected CCHS Indicators for Ontario by Local Health Integration Network and British Columbia Regional Health Authority, 2017–2018. January 2020. Reproduced and distributed on an "as is" basis with the permission of Statistics Canada.

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