Nervous, afraid and distressed — this is how many Canadians say they feel about the future health care, according to a recent survey.

Where does this negative perception come from? Our research suggests that much of it may arise from the experiences many Canadians have when in the role of caregiving for loved ones.

The number of caregivers is staggering in Canada. An estimated 46 per cent of the population aged 15 and over, or 13 million Canadians, provide care to a family member or friend with a long-term health condition, disability or aging needs.

The complex experiences of family and friends of patients in our health-care system is an often overlooked, but integral part of assessing our medical system.

Read more on the CBC.