Rate my hospital – Provincial health departments hiding data from reporters.


CBC’s the fifth estate awarded 10 hospitals across the country top grades as part of a Canadian national hospital performance report card.

However, provincial and territorial health department officials held cross-country meetings and agreed to a “national decision” to deny a CBC request for information about individual hospitals, CBC News has learned.

A range of facilities in small towns and urban centres from across the country achieved an overall grade of A+ necessary to make the top hospital list, which is part of Rate My Hospital, a sweeping investigation into Canada’s hospitals by CBC-TV’s the fifth estate.

Hospitals in Alberta, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan are represented in the top 10 in the CBC’s rating of acute-care facilities based on patient outcome data.

CBC based its assessment on data collected from hospitals by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), a publicly funded, non-profit organization that gathers and analyzes data on Canadian hospital performance. A five-member expert panel advised CBC on the selection and use of the data.

Data used by the CBC included rates of patients who died after major surgeries, who were readmitted after treatment and who experienced unexpected complications, known as adverse events, tied to nursing care during a hospital stay.

CBC article “These Canadian hospitals earned top grade in CBC report card.

CBC article “Provinces co-ordinated responses to deny CBC’s hospital data requests

CBC new “Rate My Hospital” online page.

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