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CIHI’s joint report with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse on opioids revealed some surprising findings about which populations are affected by opioid poisonings. Our data shows that seniors 65 and older accounted for nearly one-quarter of these hospitalizations, despite representing only 16% of Canada’s population. We look forward to working with other partners — such as the provinces and territories, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and other organizations — to move forward on this issue.
— Paul Sajan, Manager, Prescription Drug Abuse, CIHI
International comparisons are useful for cross-country learning and for informing public debate about Canada’s performance on the international stage. But given the variability of Canadian health system performance results in the literature, public opinion on the issue has been somewhat divided. Our recent report — which examines Canada’s relative and absolute performance on the international stage — helps clarify the areas where Canada is performing well and where there’s room for improvement.
— Deborah Cohen, Manager, Thematic Priorities, CIHI
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