2/21/11

Ontario hospital admissions fall sharply: Lowest hospitalization rate in Canada

Ontario acute care hospital admissions have declined rapidly since 1995-96.  Between 1995-6 and 2008-9 those admissions declined from 1,149,929 to 982,624.  That's a 14.5% decline (a little bit more than the Canadian average of 14.1%).


Ontario also has the lowest (age and sex standardized) acute inpatient hospitalization rate of any province or territory in 2008-9.  And Ontario has the lead by quite a ways.  


For the data on this, see the Canadian Institute for Health Information report here.


Despite this (and problems with high bed occupancy), Ontario hospitals continue to be the biggest focus for government health care cutbacks.


dallan@cupe.ca

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