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Health care top of minds for Canadians casting ballot: survey

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It looks like many voters are very focused on health care during this campaign according to a survey

A focus on health care comes in ahead of the economy and followed by affordable housing

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — As the federal election nears, Canadians seem to be casting their ballot for the party they feel is committed to health care during this campaign.

A survey conducted for the Canadian Medical Association says the country’s health care system should be the top priority for federal investment at 24 per cent, ahead of the economy at 22 per cent, followed by affordable housing at 21 per cent.

Climate change and management of the pandemic round out the top five responses.

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A majority of the survey’s respondents, 89 per cent, agree seniors in long-term care homes deserve better and these facilities need improvements.