A new report, Unnecessary Care in Canada, released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Choosing Wisely Canada, finds that up to 30% of selected medical tests, treatments and procedures in Canada are potentially unnecessary and that Canadians have more than one million potentially unnecessary medical tests and treatments every year. The report, released today – April 6th, uses data to measure the extent of unnecessary care associated with 8 tests and procedures that span the health system. Unnecessary tests and treatments waste health system resources, increase wait times for patients in need and can lead to patient harm.
This report also details success stories — from national and facility-level organizations as well as from individual clinicians across the country — of using the recommendations to identify and reduce unnecessary care.
Highlights from the report include the following:
View the report in its entirety here.
In case you missed it, watch the video recording of the webinar discussing the contents of the report.
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