Quality health care is about delivering the best possible care and achieving the best possible outcomes for people every time they deal with the health care system or use its services. Essentially, it means doing the best possible job with the resources available.
Canada's health care system offers a high standard of care, with quality and patient safety as a top priority. Health Canada works with the provinces and territories, health professionals and providers, researchers, agencies, policy makers and the public to achieve excellence in health care delivery to all Canadians, and to continuously improve the quality and safety of that care.
This section contains information on some of the key initiatives being undertaken to ensure access to quality health care services in Canada.
You will find resources on efforts to improve the quality of health care and patient safety in Canada, including information on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. In addition, you will find information which is helping governments, researchers and policy makers to find a greater role for Canadians in shaping health care priorities.
You will also find a number of reports that examine the issue of waiting times and access to health care services in Canada, as well as links to detailed information on provincial and territorial initiatives to improve access and reduce waiting times in individual provinces and territories.