Canada's health care rating goes down

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 7th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The following article is based on the 2012 statistics. I was not able to find a more recent report.

Obese Canadians

In 2012 Canadians got their health report card. Our health care has been downgraded to a B in the cross country analysis of the health of the citizens of the country in question. This report was put out by the Conference Board of Canada. The reason for our downgrading is because so many Canadians, including Montrealers are obese or have chronic diseases.

Canada's ranking

Canada just ranked in 10th spot. The countries that ranked at the top are: Switzerland, Japan, and Italy. These countries got the best rating because overall, they provide a better system to address the issues about health care and how to keep the population healthy.

Even other countries namely: Finland, France, Austria, Norway, Sweden, and Germany got a B ranking but still ranked slightly higher than Canada. Canada scored lower because of diabetes, cancer, and musculoskeletal diseases, and shockingly, infant mortality in some areas of the country.

Canada dropped from 4th place to 10th place over all. This is because of the high incidence of diabetes, and over all waiting times and management times for procedures (diagnosis and treatment).

Diabetes

This puts Montrealers ill at ease, including myself because I have diabetes. There are many obese Montrealers and diabetes is on the rise. We have to find better ways as a country to control this epidemic.

"The future health of Canadians depends not only on the quality of the health care system, but also on education about chronic disease risk factors and increased emphasis on prevention," Gabriela Prada, a director at the Conference Board, said in the statement.

Note: Though the article may be confusing it is looking at the general health of the population not the health care system. There will be differences in the ways of reporting and each country will be ranked differently according to different criteria used.

Nevertheless, this does not ease the worry of Montrealers at this point in time.



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Canada Health Care, Canada Health Care System, Diabetes, Health Care, Health Care System, Obesity, Obesity And Health Care, Quality Of The Health Care

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
7th Oct 2015 (#)

What happened when this used to be a nations pride and example!

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author avatar Carol Roach
8th Oct 2015 (#)

It still is Canada's pride but the system is old now and lacking funding. We are still doing great things. Montreal now has the most technically efficient and advanced super hospital in the world.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
8th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you for this very informative article. It sounds like they are judging the health care system based on the health of individuals instead of the actual care they get. No health care system can control whether a person makes the right choices when it comes to their own health. The problem of obesity cannot be blamed on the health care system but maybe instead on the media and its obsession with instant gratification.

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