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How does Canada compare internationally on health care?

This is a comparison of Canada and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries in 4 areas: health, lifestyle, access to care, and quality and safety of care.

In the area of health: Canadian adults are half as likely to die from stroke as those in other OECD countries.

In the area of lifestyle: Compared with other OECD countries, males in Canada are 35% less likely to smoke.

In the area of access to care: 57% of Canadians wait more than a month to see a specialist, compared with 42% of people in other OECD countries.

In the area of quality and safety of care: Canadian women are more than twice as likely to experience severe tears during childbirth as women in other OECD countries.

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