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Rates of day surgery for dental caries for children age 1 to 4 years vary between cities. Examining city rates provides data to support decision-making at the local level.

Overall*, there were 407 day surgeries per 100,000 population during the period 2011 to 2015. Rates ranged from a low of 218 per 100,000 population in Edmonton to a high of 2,259 per 100,000 population in Saskatoon. Day surgery rates for the other cities studied were as follows (from east to west):

  • St. John’s: 1,389 per 100,000 population
  • Halifax: 437 per 100,000 population
  • Fredericton: 923 per 100,000 population
  • Moncton: 369 per 100,000 population
  • Saint John: 1,826 per 100,000 population
  • Hamilton: 289 per 100,000 population
  • London: 447 per 100,000 population
  • Toronto: 362 per 100,000 population
  • Winnipeg: 765 per 100,000 population
  • Regina: 1,334 per 100,000 population
  • Calgary: 495 per 100,000 population
  • Vancouver: 701 per 100,000 population
  • Victoria: 922 per 100,000 population

Compared with those in the highest income quintile, children in the lowest income quintile had day surgery rates that were 2.5 times higher, and they had 303 more day surgeries per 100,000 population.

Notes

* Analysis limited to Urban Public Health Network member cities (census metropolitan areas) and excludes Quebec (which includes the Ottawa–Gatineau CMA).

Rates presented are for 2011 to 2015.

For more information, see the Measuring Trends in Health Inequalities in Cities data tables and technical notes.

Sources

Discharge Abstract Database and National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, Canadian Institute for Health Information; Statistics Canada, Demography Division.


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