HQC report presents different aspects of health care delivered in Saskatchewan hospitals

April 14, 2017

- Approximately 30% of Saskatchewan patients rated the hospital where they received care as the "best possible hospital," a widely used measure of the extent to which hospitals exceed patients' expectations. Across the US about 40% of patients rate the hospital where they received care as "best possible." During the period HQC looked at, US ratings went up 2% while Saskatchewan scores declined by 3%. - Fewer heart attack patients are being readmitted to hospital, fewer people with diabetes are being hospitalized for complications, and slightly fewer people with asthma are ending up in hospital. - In 2008-09 about 40% of heart attack patients were not dispensed within three days of leaving hospital key medications shown to reduce chances of a second heart attack and death. - Only about half of people with diabetes have their condition managed so that key blood test results are at target levels. Poor control of diabetes can lead to complications such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, stokes, blindness, or limb amputation. - One in six people with asthma have poor control of their condition, a rate that has not changed between 2003-04 and 2008-09. - About one in three seniors living in long-term care were dispensed at least one potentially inappropriate, high-risk drug during 2008-09.

The first Quality Insight report was released in October 2008; it pulled together in one document updated information on different aspects of health care that HQC started reporting on in fall 2004.