Highlights from this year's Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Health at a Glance report include:
- Flu vaccines: In 2005, 66.5% of Canadians aged 65 or over were vaccinated for influenza. This is higher than the OECD average of 55.3%.
- Diabetes: Less than half (48.6%) of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 75 who had diabetes said that they had had an annual eye exam in 2005. The OECD average was 57.3%.
- Asthma: In 2004-2005, Canada's rate of adult asthma hospitalizations was 3.7 per 10,000 population, lower than the OECD average of 5.8 per 10,000 population. Asthma is a chronic condition that is often successfully treated in the community, outside of a hospital setting.
- Cancer: At 145 per 100,000 in 2004, Canadian cancer mortality rates for women were slightly higher than the OECD average; however, the male cancer mortality rate, 213 per 100,000 population, was slightly lower than the average.
Date published: 11-06-07
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