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Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Low marks for Canada

5th November 2006

Canada is getting poor marks in an international study of effective primary health care for patients.

The survey of doctors in seven countries by the Commonwealth Fund says only 23 percent of Canadian physicians use electronic medical records. That was the lowest percentage and far behind the 98 percent level in the Netherlands.

Canada also lags when it comes to providing after-hours care, multidisciplinary teams to treat chronic illness and financial incentives for doctors to improve the quality of care.

The survey suggests Canada has a long way to go to catch up with other countries, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany.

Only the United States scored lower than Canada on some of the measures for patient care. The Commonwealth Fund is a private, non-partisan foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues. The group surveyed more than 6,000 primary care physicians.

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