British Columbia (B.C.) is at top-level of health rankings


VICTORIA – B.C. is at the third place of international health performance, next to Switzerland and Sweden, and is ranked as the first of that in Canada, as stated by The Conference Board of Canada’s report on well-being.

Among all provinces of Canada, B.C. is the only one that obtained an A score overall.

Health Minister Terry Lake claimed that this raking proves that government gives a high priority on the health and quality of life of British Columbians; they have reached this ranking while keeping health- care expenditure per capita at the lowest. This reward is their chance to expand their success rather than being the reason for them to decelerate their work or settle for the status quo.

The average life expectancy of British Columbians is 82.2 years, one of the highest ranks in the world. According to 11 report card indicators which are used for measuring health performance, B.C. gained four A grades in self-reported health status; life expectancy; premature mortality; and mortality because of cancer. There are six B grades scored in mortality because of heart disease and stroke; infant mortality; self-reported mental health; mortality due to diseases of the nervous system, mortality due to respiratory disease and suicides.

Good grades in life expectancy, infant mortality and premature mortality illustrate not only British Columbian’s health and B.C.’s overall health system but also the socio-economic health and well-being of the province. Particularly, many health experts has cited infant mortality rates as a “sentinel indicator of population health and the well-being of a society”.

According to Dr. Bill Cavers, President of Doctors of B.C., this province has a different approach in offering health care compared to other provinces and other countries, in which government and doctors benefit patient care by working closely as partners. For a period of ten years, doctors and government of B.C. have spent time and money on a collaborative approach related to cases of concern to ill people. The doctors offer care, and health- care system that allows them all to take place, and it is enjoyable to know this investment has donated to such effective results. They intend to keep this collaboration.

A single C in mortality due to diabetes was the lowest grade of B.C.; however, B.C. has the least diabetes prevalence rate in Canada.

Having pretty low daily drinking and smoking rate as well as the lowest obesity rate and the highest proportion of people embark in physical activities during leisure time, people in B.C proves having such great health outcomes according to the report.

Mary Collins, Director of the B.C. Healthy Living Alliance Secretariat, said that The B.C. Healthy Living Alliance is proud to observe the health rank of B.C. citizens being so high among other provinces and nations.

The active role that the Government of B.C. has taken provides good effect in changing B.C. citizens to better health and lifestyles, with both ActNowBC and Healthy Families BC. Still, they do not want to be conceited. The Conference Board of Canada report shows that because of growing rates of chronic diseases, focusing on illness prevention and health promotion is surely needed

Terry Lake also added “Significant promotion of a healthy lifestyle through our Healthy Families B.C. strategy has resulted in not only maintaining and improving the health of individuals, but also in slowing the rise of chronic diseases, such as obesity, heart disease and cancer.” According to him, as shown in ‘Setting Priorities for the B.C. Health System’, they keep building on this work with a renewed concentration on patient- centered, high- performing and sustainable health- care system. Setting priorities started to be the Health Ministry’s direction to support the general health and happiness of British Columbians with an effective and responsive health- care system.

In “How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada,” the country, together with its provinces, territories and 15 peer countries were assessed by The Conference Board to give an evaluation on how well Canada is reaching its aim of making a high and durable quality of life for all Canadians. Six performance areas reviewed including health, economy, education, the environment and so on.

Source: Global News

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