Health Council of Canada/Conseil canadien de la santé
E-newsletter Français | January 2013
How do Canadian primary care physicians rate the health system?
The seventh bulletin in our Canadian Health Care Matters series, How do Canadian primary care physicians rate the health system? looks at physicians' insights into the performance of the health care system, based on survey results from the 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey.

The bulletin provides provincial and international comparisons of primary care physicians' responses in four areas: access to care, coordination of care, use of information technology, and practice improvement and incentives. It also provides results over time, comparing findings from 2006 to 2012.
Download the full report and read blogs by Dr. Brian Goldman of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art; Dr. Alan Katz of The Evidence Network; and Jason Nickerson of Views from Beyond the OR.
Check out our Infographic for some of the key findings from the report.
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Health Innovation
In 2005, an electronic medical record (EMR) pilot project was initiated in Great Slave Medical House in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Based on the success of this pilot project, the Government of the Northwest Territories has begun a territory-wide EMR system; the plan is to have the entire territory on a single charting system. Visit the Health Innovation Portal to find this and other innovative practices.
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Where in the World
A 2012 Commonwealth Fund publication offers international profiles of the health care systems of 15 countries. Review the Health Council's Canadian Health Care Matters series to see how Canada has compared to other countries on key health system characteristics and performance indicators.
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Go Figure
Our recent Bulletin reports on primary care physicians' perceptions of the health care system. But what do Canadians think? Learn more about how the Canadian public rates the health care system from our Bulletin #4 based on a 2010 Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Canadian public. The bulletin compares Canadian and international patient's perceptions on access to primary care, affordability, timeliness and coordination of care.
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In the News
The Health Council actively monitors media releases on health policy and health care transformation in Canada. Some highlights this month:
Postmedia News: Our health care in reasonably good hands
The Government of Ontario: Government of Ontario's Health Links
The Globe and Mail: How reliable is your health news?
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A Look Ahead
Health Council of Canada - Council meeting: February 14-15, Edmonton, Alberta
Short list of finalists for the Health Innovation Challenge to be announced on March 11, 2013.
Watch for our upcoming report on health care quality improvement in March 2013.
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