Canada's patient safety performance below OECD average

OTTAWA, Nov. 7, 2019 /CNW/ -A Canada's health care systems fare wellA in some areasA comparedA withA other OECD countries, particularly in quality of care.A However, there are a few areas where we are falling behind a?? especially when it comes to patient safety.New data released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows that Canada's overall performance aligns with the international average for 32 out of 57 health indicators, but that we are below average for 12 indicators and above average for 13. What are Canada's strengths?Canada continues to perform better than other developed countries in many areas related to quality of care. Survival rates for breast and colon cancer are among the highest in the world, with 88% of women with breast cancer surviving over 5 years and 67% of Canadians with colon cancer surviving over 5 years. We have also made improvements in reducing in-hospital deaths due to heart attacks and stroke; across the country, rates of these deaths have declined by more than 20% over the past 5 years. Another highlight is that more seniors in Canada (61%) receive a flu vaccine compared with the average in other OECD countries (45%).
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