Quality of care: How the provinces fare internationally

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Quality of care: How the provinces fare internationally

January 23, 2014—For the first time, provincial and international health care systems can be compared in terms of quality of care. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) found that the results of these comparisons are mixed, with no province being consistently the best or worst performer across the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) quality of care indicators.

Some of the most striking findings include the following:

  • Around 3% of Canadian mothers are injured by tears during childbirth without a C-section or help of forceps and other instruments, more than in many other OECD countries. Most provinces’ results are similar to the Canadian average. Though this result may be partially explained by Canada’s thorough reporting of adverse events, there is clear opportunity for improvement.
  • While Canada performs well on indicators such as avoidable hospital admissions for diabetes and influenza vaccination for seniors, results vary widely among provinces.

CIHI provides snapshots of international comparisons for each province through a new interactive tool. A companion report, International Comparisons: A Focus on Quality of Care, contains essential information and context for interpreting Canada’s performance on various indicators and identifies potential quality improvement strategies.