Summary

The purpose of this project was to inform debate by providing Canadians with detailed information on the performance of the health care sector across the country. The researchers argued that while Canadians spend on average $600 million of tax-payer money on healthcare annually, there is very little transparent reporting on how that money is spent. Moreover, CIHI, the organization in charge of evaluating performance in health care, is controlled by the same people whose performance is being evaluated, representing a conflict of interest in reporting. AIMS proposed the development of a report card system for the health care sector, which would define appropriate measures of health outcomes, assess the system and report on their findings in order to better inform Canadians about health care spending.