Last week The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released an interactive tool, called OurHealthSystem.ca.
The website focuses on five themes:
- Access: While most Canadians are getting cancer radiation treatment in a timely fashion, waits are increasing for joint replacements.
- Quality of Care: A significant drop in hospital deaths suggests that the quality of hospital care is improving overall in Canada; however, 1 in 12 Canadians is readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge.
- Spending: Spending on health care varies greatly across the country, even after considering age differences in the population.
- Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: While smoking rates are declining in Canada, obesity rates continue to rise.
- Health Outcomes: Canadians are living longer than ever, but they are not benefiting equally from improvements in health.
There are infographics that summarise statistics – e.g. Number of Canadians that are diagnosed everyday with cancer (512) or life expectancy comparison for richer neighbourhoods (81 men, 84 women) vs poorer neighbourhoods (76 men, 82 women).
According to Jeremy Veillard, Vice President, Research and Analysis, CIHI:
This is the first website in Canada to contain the information Canadians said they wanted to know about their health system. Material is presented in an interactive way that allows people to easily understand how the health system is doing close to home but also at provincial and national levels.
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