Survey Explores Healthcare, Education & More

December 28, 2016

[Written by Don Burgess]

How would you rate the overall quality of healthcare available in Bermuda? Do you feel public school teachers are being held accountable for their class performance?

These are just two of the questions residents are being polled on by overseas firm Corporate Research Associates. The survey took in a wide range of topics from public safety to the economy but zeroed in on healthcare and education.

The caller asked residents to use a one to 10 scale where one means poor and 10 means excellent, the following questions:

  • How would you rate Bermuda as a place to live?
  • How would you rate your quality of life in Bermuda?

The pollster then asked “using a one to 10 scale where one means not important and 10 means very important at each of the following items in determining the quality of life in Bermuda”:

  • Availability of healthcare services
  • Arts, culture and heritage
  • Cost of living
  • Employment
  • Cost of housing
  • People’s mental health
  • Economy
  • Access to higher education
  • Safety
  • Crime and violence
  • Citizen engagement and civic responsibility
  • Accessibility to healthcare services
  • Availability of housing
  • People’s physical health
  • Quality of education
  • Volunterring and charitable contributions
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • The environment

The caller followed up with “How would you rate Bermuda on those same factors using a one to 10 scale with where one means poor and 10 means excellent?”

  • Safety
  • Availability of housing
  • Volunterring and charitable contributions
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Citizen engagement and civic responsibility
  • The population’s physical health
  • Access to higher education
  • The environment
  • Accessibility to healthcare services
  • Arts, culture and heritage
  • Quality of education
  • Employment
  • Cost of housing
  • Cost of living
  • Population’s mental health
  • Availability of healthcare services
  • Crime and violence
  • The economy

The pollster then queried:

  • How often did you attend a festival or other types of cultural activities in Bermuda? Would you say frequently, occasionally, rarely or never?
  • In the past year have you volunteered for a charitable cause?
  • In the past year have you made a donation to a charity or non-profit?

Residents were then asked: “How often do you feel uncomfortable or out of place because of your citizenship? Sexual orientation? Gender? Skin colour or race? Religion? All of the time, some of the time, rarely or never?”

The next block of six questions dealt with healthcare:

  • Thinking about health, all things considered, how would you arte your overall level of stress. Please use a scale of from one to 10 with one means not at all and 10 means extremely stressed.
  • How would you rate the overall quality of healthcare available in Bermuda? Would you say it is excellent, good, only fair or poor?
  • Which of the following types of health care insurance do you currently have? HIP, FutureCare, health care plan provided through an employer or another type of health care?
  • Do you feel the health care insurance that you have is adequate for your needs?
  • To what extent do you agree or disagree that health care in Bermuda is affordable? Do you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree.
  • Have you or another member of your family had to travel overseas in the past 12 months for medical treatment or services because they were not available in Bermuda?

The next block of six questions dealt with education in Bermuda.

  • How would you rate the overall quality of private education in Bermuda? Would you say it is excellent, good, only fair or poor?
  • How would you rate the overall quality of public education in Bermuda? Would you say it is excellent, good, only fair or poor?
  • To what extent to you agree or disagree that the public school system in Bermuda has an appropriate student/teacher ratio? Would you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree?
  • To what extent to you agree or disagree that the public school system in Bermuda holds teachers accountable for their class performance? Would you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree?
  • To what extent to you agree or disagree that the public school system in Bermuda handles disciplinary matters appropriately? Would you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree?
  • To what extent to you agree or disagree that the public schools system in Bermuda adequately prepare students for postsecondary education? Would you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree?

The final block of five questions dealt with living arrangement and employment.

  • Thinking about your living situation, do you currently own your home, rent your home, neither home nor rent your home?
  • Including yourself, how many people live in your immediate household?
  • Is there anyone in your immediate household that is currently looking for housemates but hasn’t been unable to find housing they can afford?
  • Are you currently working for an employer?
  • How committed do you feel your current employer is to you as an employee? Would you say your employer has a high level of commitment, moderate level of commitment or low level of commitment to you as an employee?
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