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Report Finds Canadian Health-care System Needs Greater Transparency

While Canada has a well-established tradition of transparency and accountability for health-system performance comparisons, few measures of outcomes are reported, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Measuring Outcomes in the Canadian Health Sector: Driving Better Value from Healthcare,” authors examined the state of outcomes measurement in Canada,  According to the report, “members of the public want their health system to be the best it can be while providing value for money, so a basic and important question is whether this investment is meeting their primary goals.” From an accountability and transparency perspective, one can use outcome measures to better understand how effectively the health system achieves its goals – and delivers value to citizens.

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