SOURCE: Canadian Health Policy Institute


December 14, 2016 06:00 ET

Canadian Health Policy Institute: Study of 35 OECD countries finds that Canada supplies patients with fewer medical resources than most other health systems

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 14, 2016) - The first edition of an annual study published by the Canadian Health Policy Institute (CHPI) compared the availability of medical resources in the health systems of Canada and 34 other OECD countries, and found that Canada supplies patients with fewer medical resources as a share of the population than most other health systems.

The study examined the most recent data (2014) for 35 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The data included 9 medical resource indicators for health professionals, diagnostic technology, medical devices and new medicines.

The data showed that Canada ranks 29th among the 35 OECD countries in terms of physician-to-population ratio, and ranks 16th out of 35 for the number of nurses as a proportion of the population. In terms of the number of curative (acute) care beds available to the population, Canada stands very near the bottom of the list of the 35 OECD countries, earning the 33rd spot. On a per capita basis, Canada has less CT scanners, PET scanners, MRI units and mammographs than most other OECD countries. Moreover, coverage of new medicines under Canada's public drug plans is less generous than most countries considered in this analysis. As for medical device spending, it accounted for only 0.39% of GDP per capita in Canada in 2014, which places the country at rank 23rd out of the 25 richest OECD countries.

The study, Medical Resource Availability in Canada and 34 OECD countries: 2016 Annual Report, is available online at:

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