The Conference Board of Canada. 2012. Health Report Card. Retrieved from http://www.conferenceboard.ca/hcp/Details/Health.aspx.
“Putting Health in context: What is health? For some, health means the absence of disease and pain; for others, it is a general feeling of wellness. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health more broadly: ‘the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’
This broad definition aligns with the Conference Board’s overarching goal in benchmarking Canada’s performance—to measure quality of life in Canada and in its peer countries. Most Canadians would agree that without health, quality of life is severely compromised.
How do we measure health performance?: To measure health performance, we evaluate Canada and 16 peer countries on the following 11 report card indicators: life expectancy; self-reported health status; premature mortality; mortality due to cancer; mortality due to circulatory disease; mortality due to respiratory disease; mortality due to diabetes; mortality due to diseases of the musculoskeletal system; mortality due to mental disorders; infant mortality; and mortality due to medical misadventures.
It is important to note that the Conference Board is not attempting to rate Canada’s health care system. Although the health care system has an impact on the health status of a population, our goal is to evaluate the health status of Canadians and of their peers in other countries.