Measuring access to priority health services

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Home care, community care, mental health services and substance use services in Canada

December 8, 2022 — Canadians now have more information about access to home and community care and to mental health and substance use services in their province or territory. The December 2022 release marks an important milestone — the full suite of 12 indicators is now available.

Results are available for the following 3 new indicators:

  • Early Intervention for Mental Health and Substance Use Among Children and Youth  
  • Navigation of Mental Health and Substance Use Services 
  • Death at Home or in Community

These are part of a set of 12 pan-Canadian Shared Health PrioritiesFootnote i indicators chosen by the federal, provincialFootnote ii and territorial (FPT) health ministries, in consultation with Canadians, to measure access to home and community care and to mental health and substance use services.

Data for the 3 new Shared Health Priorities indicators and the 9 previously released indicators can be found in CIHI’s Your Health System web tool. For this release, a number of enhancements have been made where data supports, including

  • More timely results
  • Region-level reporting 
  • New trend information

Over time, these indicators will tell a clearer story about access to care across the country, identify where there are gaps in services and help to make meaningful changes to improve the experiences of Canadian patients and their families.

Note: The indicator results include data from the COVID-19 pandemic period and should be interpreted in the context of the pandemic.

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2022 companion report

Get contextual information to help understand how to interpret the results, clarify data limitations and identify factors that might influence the results.

View companion report (PDF)

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The federal government agreed to an asymmetrical arrangement with Quebec, distinct from the Common Statement of Principles.

How to cite:

Canadian Institute for Health Information. Measuring access to priority health services [Product release]. Accessed January 29, 2023.

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