The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

May 22, 2009 14:38 ET

Media Advisory: Fraser Institute to Release 2009 Report Card Comparing Performance of BC Hospitals, Saturday May 23

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - The Fraser Institute will release the 2009 edition of its report card on British Columbia's hospitals on Saturday, May 23 at 6 am (Pacific).

The Hospital Report Card: British Columbia 2009 includes the names of 95 of BC's acute care hospitals, allowing for a comparison of hospital performance on 39 separate indicators of quality and patient safety. This allows the public to look up a given condition or procedure and compare death rates, volumes of procedures, rates of adverse events, and utilization rates for their hospital to those of other hospitals in BC.

This peer-reviewed study provides an independent assessment of BC's hospitals using an internationally accepted methodology. The study uses data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information's (CIHI) Discharge Abstract Database. This information is derived from more than 2.5 million patient records provided to CIHI by all hospitals in British Columbia.

Since specialized hospitals may treat more high-risk patients and some patients arrive at hospitals sicker than others, the indicators in the Fraser Institute's hospital report card are risk-adjusted to account for differences in health status among patients.

All of the information in the hospital report card will be available at www.fraserinstitute.org or on the interactive website www.hospitalreportcards.ca.

The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization with locations across North America and partnerships in more than 70 countries. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit www.fraserinstitute.org.

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