Indicator Metadata

NameAge-Adjusted Public Spending per Person
Short/Other Names

Provincial/Territorial Government Health Expenditures per Capita, Standardized for Age and Sex

DescriptionThe indicator measures how much each provincial/territorial government spent on health per capita after standardizing for age and sex.
InterpretationFor a jurisdiction with a relatively younger population, the indicator will be higher after standardization than the actual per capita figure, and vice versa.
HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Health system resources

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Geographic Coverage

All provinces/territories

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

Province/Territory

Indicator Results

http://yourhealthsystem.cihi.ca/hsp/inbrief?lang=en#!/indicators/014/age-adjusted-public-spending-per-person

Identifying Information
NameAge-Adjusted Public Spending per Person
Short/Other Names

Provincial/Territorial Government Health Expenditures per Capita, Standardized for Age and Sex

Indicator Description and Calculation
DescriptionThe indicator measures how much each provincial/territorial government spent on health per capita after standardizing for age and sex.
Calculation: DescriptionThe indicator is calculated from provincial/territorial government health expenditure per capita, which is then standardized for age and sex using Canadian population figures.
Calculation: Geographic Assignment

Not applicable

Calculation: Type of Measurement

Number - Dollars

Calculation: Adjustment Applied

Age-sex-adjusted

Calculation: Method of Adjustment

Direct Standardization
Standard Population:
Canadian population in 2011

Denominator
Numerator

Description:
The numerator is provincial/territorial government health expenditure per capita.
Inclusions:
1. Health expenditure includes any type of expenditure for which the primary objective is to improve or prevent the deterioration of health status. Activities that are undertaken with the direct purpose of improving or maintaining health are included.

2. Provincial/territorial government–sector health expenditure includes health spending from provincial/territorial government funds, federal health transfers to the provinces/territories and provincial government health transfers to municipal governments.
Exclusions:
1. Other activities are not included, even though they may impact health. For example, funds aligning with house and income support policies that have social welfare goals as their primary purpose are not considered to be health expenditure, yet they are recognized as powerful factors in determining population health.

Background, Interpretation and Benchmarks
Rationale

This indicator provides a means of measuring differences that result from utilization and prices by standardizing expenditure to a common population distribution.

Total provincial/territorial government health expenditure and demographic factors (for example, population, age) can influence the indicator result.

Interpretation

For a jurisdiction with a relatively younger population, the indicator will be higher after standardization than the actual per capita figure, and vice versa.

HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Health system resources

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Targets/Benchmarks

Not applicable

References

Canadian Institute for Health Information. National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2017. Ottawa, ON: CIHI; 2017.

Statistics Canada. Annual Demographic Estimates: Canada, Provinces and Territories. Ottawa, ON: STC.

Availability of Data Sources and Results
Data Sources

NHEX, Statistics Canada. Annual Demographic Estimates: Canada, Provinces and Territories. Ottawa, ON: STC.

Available Data Years

Type of Year:
Calendar
First Available Year:
1998
Last Available Year:
2015

Geographic Coverage

All provinces/territories

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

Province/Territory

Result Updates
Update Frequency

Every year

Indicator Results

Web Tool:
Your Health System: In Brief
URL: http://yourhealthsystem.cihi.ca/hsp/inbrief?lang=en#!/indicators/014/age-adjusted-public-spending-per-person

Updates

Not applicable

Quality Statement
Caveats and Limitations

Data contained in NHEX is estimated. The data is collected from diverse sources and includes varying classes of financial information. The data is collected and classified according to methods established by a review committee. CIHI's analysts and external experts continue to improve the comprehensiveness, accuracy and currency of the data to provide the most complete and objective estimates possible. A series of feasibility studies (for example, on home care, public health and administration) was conducted to determine the advisability and possibility of expanding estimates in NHEX for a number of priority issues. The research papers for these feasibility studies are available on CIHI's website (www.cihi.ca). Notwithstanding this, national health expenditure data is estimated and should be used accordingly.

Trending Issues

In the process of compiling the national health expenditure series from year to year, new information becomes available, methods and concepts are refined and data sources are improved. The data is revised to incorporate these enhancements.

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