The Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity finds that, overall, Ontario could get better value for money from its health care spending. Ontario is among the jurisdictions with the highest total per capita health care spending in the OECD, with spending 33 percent above the OECD average. Yet despite exceptional resources, Ontario falls short when comparing the province’s overall health care performance to that of international peers. Countries that spend less on health care have comparable or better health care outcomes, higher quality care, and more extensive public coverage than Ontario.
Canadians have indicated that waiting too long for care is the largest barrier
to accessing health services.1
As a result, policy-makers made reducing wait
times and improving access to care a high priority in Canada. It has been a
decade since the 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care
of 2004 established
strategic investments in five priority clinical areas: cancer, heart, diagnostic
imaging, joint replacement and sight restoration.2, 3 As part of the plan,
the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) was asked to report
on progress across the country. After 10 years, much has changed.
Depression is an illness that people can develop in late life because of the challenges we all face such as:
*Loss of loved-ones
*Having to move
But, just because change is difficult, it does not mean you need to live your life feeling sad or depressed. Many older adults enjoy a good quality of life and are living happy lives.
Headquartered on a 22-acre campus in Ontario and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is the global leader in developing and providing innovations in aging and brain health.
Baycrest is unique in the world, combining a comprehensive system of care for aging patients, one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience, dedicated centres focused on mitigating the impact of age-related illness and impairment, and unmatched global knowledge exchange and commercialization capacity.
Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.
Unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures do not add value to care. In fact, they take away from care by potentially exposing patients to harm, leading to more testing to investigate false positives and contributing to stress and avoidable costs for patients. And of course unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures put increased strain on the resources of our health care system.
The 3rd edition of The Canadian Rx Atlas breaks down retail spending on prescription drugs Canada, providing a detailed portrait of the factors driving spending trends over time and variations across provinces.
The Atlas gives a first-ever portrait of age- and sex-specific patterns of prescription drug use and costs across provinces. It also provides first-of-kind estimates of the source of financing for the prescriptions filled in every province.
Unique to the Canadian Rx Atlas, these details are not provided simply for all spending on prescription drugs; it also provides these details for each of 33 clinically and economically important therapeutic categories.
At NursingHomeRatings.ca we ask residents’ family members to rate the nursing home where their loved one is staying. You can read nursing homes’ average ratings on a series of questions, and read comments and opinions of the home. Read about, and compare, all the homes you are considering so that you can be confident about your decision.
Fightflu.ca is brought to you by your federal, provincial and territorial governments to help you and your family stay healthy and prevent the spread of the flu and other infectious diseases. Through this website, you can have access not only to general information related to influenza, but also to information and resources specific to your province or territory.
This pan-Canadian portal represents a unique approach by all levels of government to provide Canadians with a single source of credible information that will help them to protect themselves not only from seasonal flu, but also from a host of other infectious diseases, including pandemic influenza.
Within the portal, you will find general information about influenza and how it spreads, along with simple tips to prevent infection, such as:
Getting a flu shot;
Covering coughs and sneezes;
Keeping shared surfaces clean; and
Staying home when sick.
Throughout the winter and spring of 2013, the Canadian
Medical Association (CMA) conducted wide-ranging consultations
to gather input on Canadians’ views on the social
determinants of health. Public town hall meetings were held
in Winnipeg, Hamilton, Charlottetown, Calgary, Montréal
and St. John’s and were accompanied by an online consultation
The process was framed around four questions aimed at
determining what factors beyond the health care system influence
health, what initiatives offset the negative impact of these
determinants, what governments and health care providers
should be doing to address these social determinants, and how
equal access for all to the health care system can be achieved.