Western Regional Blog – BC, YK, AB, NWT and Nunavut
In a February 12th 2015 news release from the BC Ministry of Health, BC is ranked the number one province in Canada for health performance and is surpassed only by Switzerland and Sweden in the world.
From the BC Ministry of Health:
British Columbians have a life expectancy of 82.2 years, which ranks among the longest in the world. Out of 11 report card indicators used to measure health performance, B.C. scored four A grades in:
Six B grades were scored in:
High grades in life expectancy, premature mortality and infant mortality reflect not only the health of individuals, but also that of B.C.’s overall health system and the socio-economic health and well-being of the province. In particular, infant mortality rates are cited by many health experts as a “sentinel indicator of population health and the well-being of a society.”
“B.C. has a fundamentally different approach to providing health care than some other provinces, and other countries, in that government and doctors work closely as partners to benefit patient care,” said Dr. Bill Cavers, president of Doctors of BC. “More than a decade ago, B.C. doctors and government invested in a collaborative approach on issues of concern to patients, the doctors who provide the care, and the health-care system that makes it all happen, and it is gratifying to see this investment contributing to such positive results. We look forward to continuing this collaboration.”