Smoking, obesity, hospital care: how Waterloo Wellington compares

Patients in the Waterloo Wellington local health network are more likely to have a regular doctor, smoke less often and are less likely to die in hospital, according to a new report published Wednesday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

Region rates above average in many factors: Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) 2015 report

Chart: Causes of death in Canadian hospitals, 2015 report (Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI))

Patients in the Waterloo Wellington local health network are more likely to have a regular doctor, smoke less often and are less likely to die in hospital as compared to other regions in Canada, according to a new report published Wednesday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). 

The report, titled "Your Health System: Supporting health care improvement," measured health care services broken down by six main themes:

  • Access.
  • Safety. 
  • Appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Social determinants.
  • Health status.
  • Spending.

According to the report, 18.1 per cent of Canadians say they smoke daily or occasionally and 20 per cent of Canadians are considered obese, based on self-reported height and weight.

Chart: Obesity in Canada and around the world (OECD/Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI))

The report features an online tool for the public to dive deeper into the health care comparisons either by subject area or by entering province or city information.

Report highlights: Ontario

Here's how the study broke down 12 key points, and how the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) compares to provincial and national statistics.

How national, Ontario and local health care numbers compare
Factor

Nat'l

Ont.

Waterloo

Wellington

People who report they have a regular doctor

85.1%92.5%

95.3%

People who receive a hip or knee replacement within 6 months

81.1%92.0%87.0%

People urgently readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge

8.9%9.1%8.3%

HSMR mortality ratio (actual death rate compared to expected deaths)

 969587

Mental health patients with at least 3 stays per year

11.0%10.9%10.4%

Long-term care residents on anti-psychotic drugs without a diagnosis of psychosis

27.5%27.3%25.3%

Daily or occasional smokers

18.1%17.4%15.7%

Adults considered obese (self-reported height/weight)

20.2%20.4%

21.7%

Life expectancy (in years)

81.181.581.8

Avoidable deaths (per 100,000 potentially avoidable with better prevention or care)

171163155

Cost per patient stay in acute care hospital

$5,632$5,283$4,826

Children vulnerable in at least one area of development (age 5)

26%24.3%24.6%

Chart: Health care spending for seniors compared to younger people, 2015. (Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI))