New research shows the number of hospital beds in Canada’s biggest cities is actually lower than previously believed.
A new study from the University of British Columbia found the number in Toronto and Vancouver is actually smaller than they were in the mid-1990s, a trend that has continued since then.
The authors, including co-authors from the UBC School of Public Health, looked at data from the country’s health systems from 1996 to 2011, and then compared those data to the numbers in the United States.
The report said the data revealed the numbers of hospitals in Canada were actually lower in 2011 than in 1996.
It also found the numbers were much smaller in cities like Edmonton and Regina, which had the highest number of hospitals per capita, and in cities such as Saskatoon and Winnipeg, which were among the lowest.
“While we may see increases in hospital beds over time, the trend is not sustainable,” said co-author John Knecht, the principal investigator for the study.
“There’s no question that we need to focus on reducing the number and type of hospitalizations.
That is not just for Canada, it’s a global issue.”
Knecht and co-investigator Daniel O’Connor said the trends suggest Canada’s system of health care is not as well-managed as many people believed.
They also pointed out that there are now more emergency rooms in Canada than in the U.S.
In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Knetch said it’s not unusual for hospitals to be understaffed, especially in rural areas, but the data points to a need for more collaboration and planning between government and health systems.
“We think that there is a lack of communication about what is really happening in our health systems and what is not happening, and we think we need better collaboration,” he said.
“And it’s really important that we have a system that is designed so that if we see a problem, we can get to the root of it and try to fix it.”
The report also found that the number, average and median cost of hospitalization in the three cities was similar to the United Kingdom.
It found the average cost per bed in Toronto was $1,959 and the median cost was $2,717.
In Vancouver, the average price was $3,534.
The researchers found that there was a trend in both the percentage of hospital bed nights that were spent in the emergency department and the percentage that were hospitalizations for other conditions.
Knech said the numbers are not surprising, because many Canadians are dying unnecessarily from complications that could have been prevented.
He said the trend in hospitalization could be linked to other health issues that could be contributing to high numbers of deaths in hospitals.
“It is important to note that the numbers we have here are just a small snapshot of what is happening, so there’s a lot of variation,” he added.
The numbers in Toronto, Vancouver and Regina are the same for both the health system and the public health system.
Knaech said the health systems in each city were different and the results may not be representative of the rest of the country.
“That’s why we want to see if we can identify some common patterns and patterns that might be indicative of the whole country,” he suggested.
“So if we are looking at different patterns, then we might find that we can work together to understand how these systems are doing and how they could be improved.”
The findings are based on a national survey conducted by the Fraser Institute in 2015, which found there were 3,619 hospital bed-night deaths in Canada in 2016.
The number of emergency department visits in Canada is more than twice the number that were recorded in the survey.KNECH said there’s no doubt there are challenges for the system in Canada, including the fact that the U,S.
and other industrialized nations have a better-trained and more-sophisticated public health response teams.
But he said it also is important that Canadians and other nations have the tools to prevent the deaths that occur from hospitalizations that are not treated as emergency.
“What we need is not more hospitalizations, but better, more coordinated, more focused care,” he concluded.
The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal BMJ Open.