Which country’s health care is the best?
Health Canada has released the results of a national survey that shows Canada’s health-care system is the most effective in the world, ranking No. 1 for quality of care, safety and efficiency.
But the results have been criticized for focusing too heavily on one metric, and for the survey’s methodology, which was flawed.
The survey of 2,000 Canadians found that Canadians spend an average of $2,500 a year on medical care, and that the country has the best quality of patient care in the industrialized world.
It also found that Canada has the most efficient health-service system in the OECD, ranking 11th.
However, health care spending in Canada is the third-highest in the country behind only Australia and New Zealand.
Overall, health spending is predicted to increase by 4.4 per cent in 2019-20, but that number has already fallen slightly since the first half of the year.
A recent review of health-policy data by the Commonwealth Fund found that spending on health care has been increasing in Canada for the past five years, and it’s expected to grow even faster in 2019.
The study also found Canada had the highest rate of health spending per capita in the G7 group, the group of countries that include the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan.
Health spending per person has risen at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent from 1999 to 2019.
“Overall, the results highlight the importance of a holistic approach to health policy in Canada, and show that we are far from a perfect system,” Health Minister Jane Philpott said in a release.
“While health care costs have increased significantly, overall spending per citizen has been growing for over a decade, with more people accessing the health care system every year.”
As a result, the cost of care is still high and there is still more work to do.
“Canada’s system, by contrast, is very much an ‘off-the-shelf’ system. “
If you look at the system in Australia and other developed countries, it’s a system that is extremely efficient,” said David Porter, a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Health Affordability and Productivity at the University of Toronto.
“Canada’s system, by contrast, is very much an ‘off-the-shelf’ system.
It is not based on rigorous research.
It’s based on assumptions about where the money is going to come from.”
The Health Quality Alliance of Canada, a national health advocacy group, said it’s disappointed that the survey didn’t consider the impact of other factors on health.
“It’s a really important survey,” said John Maclean, the association’s president.
“But it misses the bigger picture.”
The survey also looked at how people felt about the Canadian health-system system, with a number of questions, including: Do you think Canada’s healthcare system is fair, effective, efficient and efficient?
Do you want the Canadian system to continue or change?
Do your friends, neighbours and family think Canada has a good or poor health-security system?
Do the public, doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health- care workers you know feel safe and supported?
Do other countries have a good system, and do you think it’s worth improving?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, the survey found that 60 per cent of Canadians said the system is good or excellent, with another 44 per cent saying it’s good or good.
That means Canada has one of the best systems in the West.
“Health systems are not static,” Porter said.
“The system is constantly improving.
It will continue to improve, but there is also a growing sense that we’re going to need to be more innovative.”
The results also showed that Canadians’ health-related attitudes about the health-provider system is changing over time.
For example, between 2011 and 2015, Canadians were far more likely to say they felt good about their health care than in the early 1990s.
“We’re seeing more people coming forward to say, ‘I’ve had trouble with my health care provider and I think I want to change my system,'” Porter said, noting that a recent study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information found that a quarter of Canadians now have questions about their care.
“A lot of Canadians feel like their healthcare is not being cared for and they’re seeing the care providers are not responding to their needs.”