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Unmet health care needs




Healthy care systems


Unmet health care needs


Proportion of the population reporting unmet healthcare needs (other than for home care).


This indicator is measured in the Canadian Income Survey (CIS), the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), and the Survey on Access to Health Care and Pharmaceuticals During the Pandemic (SAHCPDP).

In the CCHS and the CIS, survey respondents are asked:

During the past 12 months, was there ever a time when you felt that you needed health care, other than homecare services, but you did not receive it?

  • Yes
  • No

In the SAHCPDP, survey respondents are asked:

You mentioned previously that you needed health care services during the past 12 months. Did you receive all the health care services you needed?

  • Yes, received all the health care services needed
  • No, did not receive all the health care services needed

Data sources

This indicator is measured through multiple Statistics Canada surveys. Estimates can vary between data sources due to differences in reference periods, targeted or sampled populations, data collection and other methodology.

This indictor will also be measured through upcoming iterations of the following surveys:

Data analysis


This indicator aligns with the following frameworks:

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