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People living in Australia, NZ, US and UK expect the most from their Doctors

Australians are the most likely to ask for an expensive new cancer drug from their doctor with 98% of Australians agreeing with the statement, “If you had cancer and a very expensive cancer drug that you would have to pay for could treat your cancer, would you expect your doctor to tell you about this new drug?” according to this special Roy Morgan International poll conducted between October 2007 — July 2008 in conjunction with Gallup International with over 25,000 people in 26 countries world-wide.

Respondents in New Zealand, Canada, USA and UK (All 95%), Greece (92%), Czech Republic (90%), Lebanon (88%), Philippines (85%) and Indonesia (83%) were all heavily in favour of being told by their doctor about an expensive new cancer drug that could treat a cancer.

Meanwhile, in both Ukraine and Uruguay only 52% of respondents agreed with the statement — easily the lowest out of any countries polled. Only two-thirds of respondents in Mexico (66%) and China (67%) agreed with the statement.

Gary Morgan says:                             

“In developed world countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA & UK people trust their doctors and are keen to be made aware of any new cancer drugs that may assist their recovery — no matter the cost.

 “In countries that have less developed medical infrastructure like Ukraine, Uruguay, Mexico and China people are more hesitant to place their trust in their doctors and the low number of people in these countries that want their doctor to keep them informed shows the lack of investment in an efficient and reliable health system.”

Respondents were asked: “If you had cancer and a very expensive cancer drug that you would have to pay for could treat your cancer, would you expect your doctor to tell you about this new drug?”

These are the findings from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, a worldwide survey conducted with 25,708 people aged 18 years and over from October 2007 to July 2008 in 26 countries worldwide by Roy Morgan International, Gallup International affiliates and affiliated worldwide research companies.

TRUST IN DOCTORS AS MEASURED BY COUNTRY

Respondents were asked: “If you had cancer and a very expensive cancer drug that you would have to pay for could treat your cancer, would you expect your doctor to tell you about this new drug?”

 

Yes

No

Depends /Can’t Say

 

%

%

%

Australia

98

1

1

New Zealand

95

2

3

Canada

95

3

2

USA

95

3

2

UK

95

3

2

Greece

92

3

5

Czech Republic

90

5

5

Lebanon

88

5

7

Philippines

85

11

4

Indonesia

83

5

12

Venezuela

80

7

13

Serbia

79

6

15

Spain

78

17

5

Kenya

78

4

18

Nigeria

77

4

19

Austria

77

5

18

Dominican Republic

73

21

6

Bolivia

70

19

11

Romania

67

8

25

China

67

30

3

Guatemala

66

22

12

Mexico

66

30

4

Panama

65

24

11

Georgia

62

11

27

Ukraine

52

18

30

Uruguay

52

24

24

TOTAL

77

12

11

 

These are the findings from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, a worldwide survey conducted with 25,708 people aged 18 years and over from October 2007 to July 2008 in 26 countries worldwide by Roy Morgan International, Gallup International affiliates and affiliated worldwide research companies.

Sample Size

Percentage Estimate

 

40%-60%

25% or 75%

10% or 90%

5% or 95%

500

±4.5

±3.9

±2.7

±1.9

1,000

±3.2

±2.7

±1.9

±1.4

1,500

±2.6

±2.2

±1.5

±1.1

2,000

±2.2

±1.9

±1.3

±1

25,000

±0.6

±0.5

±0.4

±0.3

 

 

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