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January 4, 2011


“Nurse” vs. “Doctor” by Neil Seeman

Off the Cuff

Quick facts from Health Care in Canada 2010 (taken from the CIHI website) – food for thought by pundits, analysts, commentators, and critics

  • More than 3,600 therapeutic knee arthroscopies were carried out in hospitals across Canada in 2008–2009, despite research suggesting that this procedure is a temporary fix that fails to improve outcomes or reduce discomfort when used to treat osteoarthritis.
  • In 2008–2009, 1,050 vertebroplasties—a spinal surgery that recent evidence has suggested is ineffective in some cases—were performed. The volume increased over the last three years, with approximately 600 performed in 2006–2007.
  • In 2008–2009, the variation in primary C-section rates was almost double across the provinces. Rates ranged from a high of 23% of deliveries in Newfoundland and Labrador to a low of 14% in Manitoba.
  • In 2008–2009, rates of hysterectomy varied by more than 60% between the provinces (after adjusting for population age differences). Rates ranged from a high of 512 per 100,000 women (age 20 or older) in P.E.I. to a low of 311 per 100,000 in British Columbia.
  • Age-standardized hysterectomy rates were significantly higher (46%) for women living in rural areas (464 per 100,000) than for women living in urban areas (318 per 100,000).
  • In 2008–2009, more than 92,000 hospital stays, or more than 2.4 million hospital days, were considered ALC in Canada.
  • Between 2004–2005 and 2008–2009, the age-adjusted rate of hospitalization for new heart attacks dropped from 239 per 100,000 people to 217 per 100,000 people.
  • Overall, 40% of publicly reportable facilities significantly decreased their HSMRs when 2009–2010 results are compared with those from 2004–2005.

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