Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2011). Learning From the Best: Benchmarking Canada’s Health System. Ottawa, ON. Retrieved from https://secure.cihi.ca/estore/productFamily.htm?locale=en&pf=PFC1676.
“Learning From the Best: Benchmarking Canada’s Health System examines Canadians’ health status, non-medical determinants of health, quality of care and access to care. It is based on international results that appear in the OECD’s Health at a Glance 2011, which provides the latest statistics and indicators for comparing health systems across 34 member countries.”
“There is increasing interest in cross-country comparisons of the performance of national health systems. Enhancing accountability and promoting benchmarking and mutual learning are among the main reasons for looking at how health system performance varies across countries.1 Although there are methodological challenges in terms of having consistent and comparable data across countries, there is much to be gained from understanding how Canadian results compare with what is being achieved by other countries of similar economic size and income. These comparisons raise questions that can help us understand and determine the following:
- Benchmarks and targets: What might Canada be able to achieve?
- Options to improve health system performance: Which countries have the best results, what are theyachieving and are there policy directions and strategies that we can learn from them?”