The proportion of Prince Edward Island residents who currently have a family doctor has been trending downward since May 2011.
That’s the latest finding from Corporate Research Associates who surveyed Atlantic Canadians between August 3rd and September 6th.
Just over 8 in 10 Islanders have a family doctor, which is down form 94% six years ago.
Across the region, about 87% of Nova Scotians have a family doctor, which is also down from 94% in 2011. The proportion of New Brunswickers and Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with a family doctor has remained stable at about 90% in each province.
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates, says there appears to have been a slight decrease region-wide in the percentage of adults with a family doctor.
Mills says it’s also interesting the percentage of Atlantic Canadians WITH a family doctor increases with age. About 93% of those 55 and older currently have a family doctor while it’s just 77% for those between 18 and 34 years old.