Most Canadians believe that we have the best health care system in the world.

  • But does the data support that belief?
  • How does Canada really measure up?
  • Are Canadians getting good value for money from their health care systems?
  • Are their health care needs being met effectively and efficiently?

CIHI compares Canada and its provinces and territories with other countries to begin answering these questions. Explore the reports and online tools below to learn more.

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Comparing the provinces with OECD countries

Explore CIHI’s interactive online tool to compare results for Canada’s provinces with those for countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

OECD interactive tool


Additional resources

Health spending

Canada is among the top health spenders internationally. Spending on health care continues to top that of most industrialized countries.

How does Canada’s health spending compare internationally? Where does Canada’s health care money come from?

Health expenditure trends

Health policy surveys

The Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy surveys fill important information gaps by polling patients and providers in a number of developed countries. CIHI’s companion reports on the following surveys highlight the Canadian story and examine how experiences vary across Canada and relative to other developed countries.

Potential years of life lost

Potential years of life lost (PYLL) is considered a major population-level outcome indicator that estimates the additional years a person would have lived had he or she not died prematurely (before age 70, as defined by the OECD). Use our online tool to compare leading causes of premature death. Relative to other OECD countries, Canada’s performance has consistently been average over time.

Potential years of life lost

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