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In 2000, the First Ministers' CommuniquÚ on Health outlined the commitment of federal, provincial and territorial governments to improve accountability and reporting to Canadians. It directed them to collaborate and develop a framework of comparable health indicators on health status, health outcomes and quality of service. It also committed governments to comprehensive and regular public reporting. These commitments were reiterated in the 2003 and 2004 Health Accords.
Healthy Canadians--A Federal Report on Comparable Health Indicators 2008 is the fourth in a series of reports on the health status of Canadians and the performance of our health care system.
Healthy Canadians 2008 presents 37 indicators that are based on input from health partners, experts and the public at large, and were identified as being of greatest interest and/or use to Canadians. Data in this report come largely from Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information and concern the general population. In addition, limited information is presented on First Nations and Inuit. Most data are from 2007 except where stated, and all highlighted differences are statistically significant.