Paving the Road to Higher Performance: Benchmarking Provincial Health Systems

The Conference Board of Canada, 112 pages, May 23, 2013
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The results are in. See what the Conference Board’s benchmarking report reveals about the overall health of Canadians and the state of provincial health systems.

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The results are in. The Conference Board’s benchmarking report on the overall health of Canadians and the state of provincial health systems shows achievements and gaps in performance that can be used to help determine priorities and improvements that will contribute to improving performance in the future. The results show that that no province achieves high performance in all of the categories used to assess health care system performance and that each province has room for improvement. Among its findings are that the provinces that rank higher in Lifestyle Factors also perform better in overall Health Status, which highlights the importance of health promotion and disease prevention programs to control demand for health care services. As well, it finds no relationship between health care spending and overall ranking.

Read a detailed description of the performance indicators, the rationale for their inclusion, and the ranking methodology: Measuring Success: A Framework for Benchmarking Health Care System Performance

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

Chapter 2—Framework and Methodology

  • Categories
  • Comparators
  • Ranking Methodology
  • Provincial Profiles

Chapter 3—Overall Benchmarking Results

  • Lifestyle Factors
  • Health Status
  • Health System Resources
  • Health Care System Performance
  • Health Care Spending and Overall Benchmarking Results
  • Summary

Chapter 4—Lifestyle Factors

  • Heavy Drinking
  • Overweight or Obese Adults
  • Daily Smoking
  • Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
  • Physical Activity
  • Summary

Chapter 5—Health Status

  • Incidence of Disease
  • Mortality Due to Disease
  • Summary

Chapter 6—Health System Resources

  • Nurses
  • Physicians and Physician Satisfaction
  • Medical Equipment
  • Hospital Beds
  • Summary

Chapter 7—Health Care System Performance

  • Screening and Prevention
  • Accessibility
  • Effectiveness
  • Appropriateness
  • Continuity
  • Patient-Centredness
  • Safety
  • Summary

Chapter 8—Conclusion

Appendix A—Benchmarking Framework and Methodology

  • Updates to Indicators
  • Percentage vs. Age- Standardized Rates
  • Ranking Methodology
  • Wait-Time Indicators

Appendix B—Provincial Profiles and Summaries of Indicator Grades by Province

  • Urban/Rural Distribution
  • Socio-Economic Status
  • Demographic Characteristics
  • Health Care Spending
  • Provincial Health Profiles: British Columbia
  • Provincial Health Profiles: Alberta
  • Provincial Health Profiles: Saskatchewan
  • Provincial Health Profiles: Manitoba
  • Provincial Health Profiles: Ontario
  • Provincial Health Profiles: Quebec
  • Provincial Health Profiles: New Brunswick
  • Provincial Health Profiles: Prince edward island
  • Provincial Health Profiles: Nova Scotia
  • Provincial Health Profiles: Newfoundland and Labrador

Appendix C—Bibliography

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