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Winnipeg earns an A for access to health-care

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Conference Board's first City Health Ranking

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Published Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Winnipeg has earned an A grade for access to health-care services, in the first Conference Board of Canada’s “City Health Monitor” report, which compares the health performance of 10 Canadian Cities.

Out of the 10, Saskatoon, Calgary and Winnipeg earned an overall grade of A.

The “City Health Monitor” examines and benchmarks the physical and socio-economic health of 10 metropolitan areas in Canada. Each metro area receives a grade based on their performance on 24 indicators, grouped into four categories: life satisfaction; population health; healthy lifestyle; and access to health-care services.

Saskatoon finished first in the city health rankings, placing ahead of Calgary and Winnipeg. All three of these metro areas scored an “A” grade, with each near the top in at least two categories. Saskatoon’s strength lies in a first-place ranking in the life satisfaction category and placing in the top four in population health and healthy lifestyle. Meanwhile, Calgary’s position is helped by its second-place ranking in the life satisfaction and healthy lifestyle categories, while Winnipeg finishes first in the access to health care category and posts relatively decent results elsewhere.

Winnipeg is at the top in three of the four access to health-care services indicators, including the relative number of hospital beds indicator, number of nursing/midwifery professionals and number of specialists per 100,000 population. The city is slightly behind the leader on the access to a regular doctor indicator.

However, the city received a C grade in the area of population health. There are moderate rates of diabetes and stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, mood disorders and scored poorly in the hypertension indicator.

 “Although cities in Canada have similar standards of living, slight variations between cities may have significant impacts on the health of its citizens,” says Louis Thériault, Vice-President, Public Policy. “Benchmarking cities’ health performance helps identify gaps and determine policy priorities to improve the health care system and the health of Canadians.”

Source: The Conference Board of Canada

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