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HSI builds intuitive, interactive tools to help the public better understand their health system, both through comparisons with other countries and sub-nationally. This enables Canadians to understand provincial differences in health policy and to put their own health system into context with other OECD nations.

We invite you to explore the content linked to each of the following headings to see some examples of tools that HSI has developed for understanding the Canadian health system.

OECD Health Data Resource


To design effective and inclusive solutions to current population health and budget challenges, we need comprehensive data on health costs, determinants and outcomes. HSI’s OECD Health Data Resource, by hosting the OECD Health Data 2013, aims to make comprehensive health data available to students, researchers, policymakers and the general public.

The OECD Health Data 2013 is currently the most comprehensive compendium of comparable national health statistics for OECD countries. It contains data on a wide variety of topics related to health and health care provision:

  • Data is organized in 8 chapters for public users
  • Datasets contain statistics for the 34 OECD countries, 1 accession country (Russian Federation), and 5 key partner countries (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa)
  • Data is presented in a country-year panel format for the 1960-2013 period
  • Most variables are presented as gender-specific standardized rates for cross-country comparison
  • Datasets permit users to analyze and compare countries on health care characteristics over time

The OECD Health Data Resource provides the public with access to the OECD Health Data 2013 public files. Features of the resource include:

  • Easily downloadable, ready-to-analyze Excel and STATA data files
  • A data dictionary to help users readily identify and select variables of interest
  • A STATA program with instructions, allowing users to produce customized datasets for a variety of purposes

Click here for more information on HSI’s OECD Health Data Resource and to access the OECD Health Data 2013 files.

OECD Health Systems Data


Understanding the features of health care systems is an important step in assessing why some perform better than others. The HSI team, through the use of health institutions data from the OECD*, has mapped important characteristics of OECD health systems to facilitate international comparisons.

Maps in this section are organized in three main categories:

  • Health Care Financing and Coverage
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Governance and Resource Allocation

Canadian Health Systems Characteristics


The HSI team has created a longitudinal database that captures differences in health systems characteristics across Canadian provinces and territories using representative cross-sectional samples from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

HSI Canadian Diabetes Policy Database


The recently convened Health Care Innovation Work Group, which is a working group consisting of the health ministers in all Canadian provinces and territories, is paying close attention to Clinical Practice Guidelines for diabetes.

For instance, due to the overwhelming clinical evidence of the cost-effectiveness of foot-care assessment and management programs, the work group agreed to develop and deploy such a program in each province/territory.

The Canada Health Policies Project of HSI aims to identify similar cost-effective diabetes-related programs and determine if they exist in Canadian provinces and territories. The HSI team hopes this collection of resources helps Canadian provinces and territories identify strong interventions and share best practices.