Canada’s health system is second last among high-income countries
Canada’s health system is second last among 11 high-income countries, according to a new report. The Commonwealth Fund released the report on Wednesday. It ranked 11 high-income countries according to equity, access to care, affordability, healthcare outcomes, and administrative efficiency. According to the report, the top health systems are in Norway, the Netherlands, and Australia. However, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States have the worst healthcare systems.
The United States ranks last on access to care, equity, administrative efficiency, and healthcare outcomes. However, they are second for preventative care processes that include screenings and vaccinations.
According to the report, the expert advisory panel has ranked the countries by using Commonwealth Fund international surveys that they conducted in each country before the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also used data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Health Organization.
Canada ranked 10th place. Income-related disparities in accessing healthcare are the biggest in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Norway. “Compared to the other countries, the United States and Canada had larger income-related inequities in patient-reported experiences,” the study said.
Inequities relate to barriers to accessing medical and dental care, medical bill burdens, and the use of web portals to facilitate patient engagement. When it comes to healthcare outcome metrics, Canada ranked 10th after taking into account mortality rates and life expectancy. In comparison to other countries, Canada spends less on social programs. They include childhood education, parental leave, and income supports for single parents—all of these impact healthcare services.
Out of 11 countries, Canada ranked 9th in terms of affordability. The report explains that countries should ensure they provide universal coverage to help remove cost barriers, primary-care services should include every local community, should minimize administrative burdens to free up resources, and must invest in social services. In conclusion, since Canada’s health system is second last among high-income countries, the country needs to improve in all areas listed above.