TORONTO, July 20 /CNW/ - The Health Council of Canada is pleased that
Commonwealth Fund data in the report, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How
the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally,
compelled André Picard in a Globe and Mail update on July 14, 2010, to
surface key areas for improvement in Canada's health care system. Picard
found that Canada needs to do better in delivering health care across a
number of fronts: emergency room visits, hospital readmission rates,
electronic health records, medication errors, and co-ordination of care
- among other indicators of a quality health care system.
These and further discoveries from the Commonwealth Fund data have been
at the root of the Health Council's first three bulletins in our Canadian
Health Care Matters series. According to John G. Abbott, CEO of the
of Health Council Canada, "Rather than look at the data through an
American lens, we have told the unique stories the data reveal about
Canadians' experiences with own their health care system."
Our first bulletin was Safer
Health Care for "Sicker" Canadians: International Comparisons of Health
Care Quality and Safety (November 2009). It showed
the vast majority of Canadians who are already in poor health say the
quality of the care they personally receive is good to excellent, but
more than half feel that fundamental changes are needed to improve our
health care system.
Our second bulletin, Beyond
the Basics: The Importance of Patient-Provider Interactions in Chronic
Illness Care (April 2010) showed that having a regular
doctor does not necessarily mean patients are receiving the safest or
most supportive medical care. That doctor must also provide the basic
elements of good primary care, two of which are: knowing their patient's
history and helping to coordinate other aspects of their care.
third bulletin, Helping
Patients Help Themselves: Are Canadians with Chronic Conditions Getting
the Support They Need to Manage Their Health? (January 2010)
showed many Canadians with chronic health conditions do not regularly
receive some of the expected types of support that could help them
better manage their own health.
"The Health Council is responding to Canadians who, having read some or
all of these bulletins, tell us they find the Commonwealth Fund data
useful in their personal decision-making and work," said John G. Abbott.
"That is why in the new year we will report on data from the 2010
Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey - to bring
further insight into the performance of our highly valued health care
The Health Council of Canada, created by the 2003 First
Ministers' Accord on Health Care Renewal, reports on the progress of
health care renewal in Canada and highlights best practices nation-wide.
Councillors are appointed by the participating provinces, territories
and the Government of Canada. To download reports and other Health
Council materials, visit www.healthcouncilcanada.ca.
For additional information on this topic:
Bulletin 1, November 2009
Bulletin Two, April 2010
Bulletin Three, January 2010
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