Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2010). “Health Care in Canada 2010.” Retrieved from http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/products/HCIC_2010_Web_e.pdf.
Health Care in Canada is CIHI’s annual flagship report on the health care system and the health of Canadians. Since 2000, it has been a resource that tables fundamental issues facing the health care system. Addressing questions surrounding patient safety, wait times, health care spending and analyses on how the system has adapted over time to meet changing needs has made Health Care in Canada a key source for the public and policy-makers alike.
Part A: The Year in Review chronicles some of the substantive, emerging issues that had an impact on the health care system over the past 12 to 18 months. Among them were the H1N1 pandemic, the medical isotope supply disruptions and provincial changes in health care funding models.
Part B: Aligning Care With Evidence focuses on the thematic topic for this report: appropriateness of care. The first chapter in this section highlights examples illustrating where there is room for improvement and discusses the impact on the health system. It also profiles cases where variations in care across Canada point to underlying questions of appropriateness. Again, impacts on the system and ways to work toward best practices are explored. The next set of examples focuses on the aspects of right care and right place for appropriate care by highlighting examples where the right care is known but is not happening and where care is not provided in the most appropriate setting. Finally, good news stories—where focused attention and investments in the system have led to positive changes and sustained improvements—are explored. These provide examples of the way forward to make the system better and to make real differences in the lives of patients.
Part C: Health Care System Resources contains updated information on health human resources and health expenditures. Money and people ultimately run the health care system. They are inputs to the system and represent system resources. How they are allocated matters, and keeping track of their availability over time is an important aspect of monitoring the health of the health care system.