Health care dollars are almost always in short supply, and in tough economic times they are increasingly scarce. But whatever the climate, stakeholders and taxpayers want to know that these dollars are being well spent.
We believe our leaders are responsible for making the best use of funds to provide Canadians with the best care. That’s why we maintain several databases that track and report health care spending, such as the National Health Expenditure Database (NHEX). This practice provides an accurate, up-to-date assessment of country-wide spending.
Our analysis of Canadian health care spending is divided into two categories:
Key reports and analyses
Trends in drug spending, primarily from retail establishments. Provincial and territorial comparisons are included.
This annual report provides an overview of health care spending trends from 1975 to 2010, as well as forecasts for 2011 and 2012.
CMDB submission reports provide feedback to our data providers from the CMDB. This facilitates the provision of data to the CMDB so that it meets
These reports are private and can be viewed only by a designated representative from each jurisdiction.
An interactive tool developed by CIHI to estimate the average cost of various services provided in hospitals. This tool provides information nationally, by jurisdiction and by patient age group.
The cost estimates represent the estimated average cost of services provided to the average patient. They include the costs incurred by the hospital in providing services but exclude physician fees.
A web-based analytical environment gives clients access to enriched, facility-identifiable data from several of our data holdings. Through dynamic content and functionality, CIHI Portal enables decision and planning support by providing the tools for customized comparative reporting.
CIHI Portal integrates four distinct services:
While demographic shifts have played a role in driving health spending, the impact has been minimal. Contrary to public perception, population aging has been a modest cost driver overall, contributing an annual average growth of only 0.8%.
Health Care Cost Drivers: The Facts. looks at health spending from 1998 to 2008...
Canada's per person spending on prescribed and non-prescribed drugs remains among the highest in the OECD comparator countries
However, their share of total health expenditure has steadily declined. In 2008, hospitals were expected to account for 28.0% ($48.1 billion) of total health care spending, down from 30.7% in 1998 and 44.7% in 1975.
According to OECD Health Data 2008, the average number of physicians per 1,000 people in countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) increased from 2.4 in 1990 to 3.1 in 2006. Over the same period, the ratio in Canada remained steady at 2.1. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Statistics Canada maintain the Canadian segment of the OECD Health Database, contributing national data on health care spending, health care services and the health status of the population.